August Lunch time Concert
The audience of about 130 people enjoyed a joyous Summer Lunch-time Concert at St Eligius Church on Thursday, 1 August! It was a real 'Variety Performance' given by Elliot Hampton (aged 15), Stirling Hampton (aged 12), Sorella Hampton, Michael Hampton and accompanist Guy Murgatroyd on the piano.
Following choristership at St Paul’s Cathedral and winning a Music Scholarship to King's School, Canterbury, Elliot has completed his second year there. He has excelled in music ranging from classical to jazz! Stirling is following in his brother's footsteps as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. He has gained Grade 7 Trumpet with Distinction and is working for Grade 7 Piano. Sorella, BMus (Hons), Goldsmiths College, University of London, is an accomplished singer, flautist and pianist who has sung at weddings, including at St Paul’s Cathedral. Michael hails from New Zealand and played punk rock guitar in his teens! With his sons, he is taking lessons as a counterbalance to working as IT Manager! Graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Music (MA with DipRAM), Guy has an international reputation, performing as an accompanist, soloist and with instrumentalists.
The programme had great variety. John Williams' 'Cantina Band' from Star Wars, with Michael on the guitar, Sorella on the ukulele, Guy on the piano and Elliot and Stirling making their entry up the isle whilst playing the trombone and trumpet respectively, was hilarious and got everyone 'in the mood'! Elliot's performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Trombone Concerto' brought out the exciting range in this piece, with fantastic solos and also mellifluous passages, supported by Guy's excellent and sensitive accompaniment. Stirling gave a delightful and descriptive performance of Karen Tanaka's demanding piano piece 'Masquerade'.
Time for some jazz and great improvising - Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa on the flute and piano by Sorella and Elliot expressed the melancholy in the piece and brought tears of appreciation to some eyes! Stirling's rendering of Allen Vizzutti's 'Funk' on the trumpet made this technically demanding piece definitely funky! Elliot's wonderful touch on the piano keys in Chopin's 'Raindrop Prelude' melted hearts with the delicacy as well as strength in his expression. Alexander Arutiunian's 'Trumpet Aria' by Stirling and Guy revealed the melancholy in this unusual piece, making it quite haunting and moving. With Guy's musical accompaniment, Sorella's soprano and Elliot's baritone voices blended together to give a most beautiful and moving performance of 'The Prayer' by D Foster and C Bayer Sager.
The audience demanded more! The encore of Rossini's Cat Duet with Elliot on the trombone, Stirling on the trumpet and Guy on the piano brought the house down, thanks to the expert use of the mutes and the acting! The whole performance was hugely appreciated by the audience.
The next Lunch-time Concert is on Thursday, 7 November 2019 at 12.30 pm by Christopher Dew, Organ Recital.