We are very fortunate to be based so close to the magnificent Worcester Cathedral, and to be able to make the most of the opportunities this offers. After a long, COVID-enforced break, the Cathedral lunchtime recital series has recently resumed live events. These concerts provide a wonderful opportunity for our children to hear live music performed by professional musicians and we try to attend whenever possible.
On Thursday, a group of our budding string players attended a violin recital given by Shulah Oliver. Shulah is an Old Vigornian and is currently a member of our peripatetic music team, as well as being a professional violinist. She freelances with a number of orchestras, such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Symphony Orchestra, is lead violinist in the Astaria String Quartet and has performed as a soloist across the UK and Europe.
Madie, Skye, Ace and Shreya all study the violin with Shulah, and they were extremely excited to have the chance to attend the lunchtime recital and to hear her perform. The varied programme had something for everyone, and we enjoyed well-known pieces by J.S. Bach and Elgar alongside more unusual offerings such as William Lloyd Webber’s Benedictus and the atmospheric Breezes by Victoria Borisova-Ollas. This was a wonderful and truly inspiring concert for our young string players, giving them a real incentive to keep practising hard. Now that they have something to aim for, who knows what the future will holds for these enthusiastic, talented King’s St Alban’s string players – watch this space!
The Worcester Cathedral Autumn Recital series will be running until mid-November and culminates with an organ recital from Mr Samuel Hudson, Director of Music at the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral, on Thursday, 18th November.