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Tuneful Trio in Pro Corda Finals

For the third time, Freemen’s pupils made it through to the final stage of the Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival Competition.

Freemen’s Under 19 Trio, comprising of Alice Bridgland, Emily Trubshaw and Sarah Etherington, performed at the Pro Corda Finals at The Perse School, Cambridge last week. The students’ performance was very well received and the adjudicator, Head of Chamber Music at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, was particularly enthusiastic, presenting the trio with a ‘Highly Commended’ award.

This success follows the South East Regional round at Sevenoaks School where Freemen’s were represented by not one, but three groups of musicians. The Junior Quartet, comprising of Ola Namasivayam Hashemi, Caia Harris, Daniel Woodliffe and Mattias Brinker, played Menuet by Lully and Solemn March by Handel with “excellent intonation”. The Piano Trio, comprising Sophie Bull, Ethan Allan and Clara Harris, played Frank Bridge’s lovely Valse Russe followed by Andante from Eb Trio, by Mozart with “warmth in the melody… enhanced by direct, longer, directional phrasing in the cello”. And finally, the previously mentioned Flute Trio, played a folky, jaunty Trio by Edgar F. Girtain IV and gave an “extremely impressive performance of a challenging piece”.

Assistant Director of Music, Mrs Eaglestone said of the students’ achievements: “I am so pleased to report that Freemen’s music students, once again, have done us proud. The variety of chamber music at this school is phenomenal; praise must go to our wonderful team of visiting instrumental staff who take on the lion's share of the coaching, in this instance, Mrs Brockless worked tirelessly to prepare all three groups. All the performances were just wonderful, with students playing mature, technically demanding pieces with real flair. Well done musicians!”