Saturday 28th February 2015

Junior RNCM
“Before They Become Famous VIII”

This year’s concert featured 4 students :-
Singer (Soprano)

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Post-Concert Report

This year’s students at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music chosen to entertain us were

Xander Croft   Nadia Plummer  Imogen Parsley  Alice Roberts

All pictures were taken during the concert (by Roger Evans)


Xander Croft, Violin (unaccompanied)
Bach: Allamande from Partita No 2 in D Minor

Nadia Plummer, Bassoon
Vivaldi: Concerto for Bassoon in A Minor (3 movements)

Imogen Parsley, Voice
Purcell: Nymphs and Shepherds
Beswick: The Nightingale Bird
Bennett: The Lark

Xander Croft, Violin
Mozart: Violin Concerto No 2 in D Major (first movement)

Nadia Plummer, Voice
Gluck: O del Mio Dolce Ardor
Mozart: Voi che Sapete (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Alice Roberts, Harp (unaccompanied)
Natra: Sonatina (3 movements)


Nadia Plummer, Voice
Sullivan: Cheerily Carols the Lark
McDowall: If There are Angels

Xander Croft, Violin
Bloch: Baal Shem (2nd movement)

Alice Roberts, Harp (unaccompanied)
Trad (arr Hair): Isle of Aigas

Imogen Parsley, Voice
Schubert: Fruhlingslied
Mozart: Barbarina
Harnick/Bock: Far from the Home I Love

Alice Roberts, Harp (unaccompanied)
Britten: Interlude (from Ceremony of Carols)
Henson-Conant: Nataliana

Nadia Plummer, Bassoon
Groviez; Sicilienne et Allegro

All (except where shown as unaccompanied) were accompanied by David Jones, Piano

Around 60 people attended this concert, and they weren’t disappointed. It was a fantastic evening, with a wide range of young talent on view, from 14 year old singer Imogen Parsley, through 15 year old violinist Xander Croft, and 17 year old bassoonist (and singer) Nadia Plummer to 18 year old harpist Alice Roberts. They were all magnificent. If you weren’t there you missed a real treat.

Press Report

Once again students from the Junior Royal Northern College of Music provided an enthusiastic audience with an exceptional evening of music making at the February concert. The performers ranged from 14 to 18 years. David Jones provided piano accompaniment where appropriate.

Xander Croft (violin) opened the concert with an Allamande by Bach, returning to give a stunning performance of the first movement from Mozart’s second violin concerto. He finished with a highly charge rendition Nigun by Bloch.

Nadia Plummer played Vivaldi’s bassoon concerto and Grovlev’s Sicilienne to great effect. To our surprise, she also sang arias by Gluck and Mozart and songs by Sullivan and McDowall. She has an astonishing stage presence.

The magical harp. It certainly was, in the hands of Alice Roberts, who entranced the audience with a Sonatina by Natra, Isle of Aigas, arranged by Rachel Hair, and pieces by Britten and Henson-Conant.

Imogen Parsley sang pieces by Purcell, Beswick and Bennett in the first half, with great delicacy and precision. On her return she captivated the audience with songs by Schubert, Mozart and Jerry Bock.

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