Saturday 7th March 2020

Junior RNCM
“Before They Become Famous XIII”

Another visit by students from the Junior Royal Northern College of Music

This year’s concert features 4 students :-
Saffron Doherty (Voice)
Tom Amigoni (Double Bass)
Alexandra Clarke (Flute)
Matthew Still-Blundell (Guitar)

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Programme (announced on the night)

Saffron Doherty (voice) with David Jones (piano)
George Frideric Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga 
Thomas Dunhill: To the Queen of Heaven 
lvor Gurney: Sleep

Matt Still-Blundell (guitar) 
Francisco Tarrega: Adelita 
Joao Pernambuco: Sons de Carilhoes 
Luys de Narvaez: Cancion del Emperador 

Alexandra Clarke (flute) with David Jones (piano) 
Gabriel Faure: Morceau du concours 
Charles-Marie Widor: Suite, Op. 34 (i: Moderato) 

Tom Amigoni (double bass) with David Jones (piano) 
Gabriel Faure: Sicilienne 
Gabriel Faure: Apres un Reve 
Camille Saint-Saens: L’Elephant 


Matt Still-Blundell (guitar) 
Francisco Tarrega: Gran Vals 
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Mazurka-Choro 
Anonymous: Spanish Romanza 

Saffron Doherty (voice) with David Jones (piano) 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Voi che sapete 
Richard Strauss: Die nacht 
Harold Arlen: Over the Rainbow 

Tom Amigoni (double bass) with David Jones (piano) 
Astor Piazzolla: Kicho 

Alexandra Clarke (flute) with David Jones (piano) 
Paul Taffanel: Grande Fantasie on Mignon

Brief Report “on the night”

A really good concert, which started well and got even better. The first half highlight was probably Saint-Saens “The Elephant” on the Double Base.

After the interval all the performers were more relaxed and visibly enjoying themselves. They had each saved the best for last. Matt Still-Blundell’s rendition of “Spanish Romanza” (anonymous) on the guitar was exquisite. Saffron Doherty sang a great “Voi che Sapete” (from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”) and then finished with a full rendition (including the first verse) of Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow”. Tom Amigoni gave us a thrilling Piazolla’s “Kicho” on Double Bass, much helped by David Jones on Piano. Finally Alexandra Clarke’s flute got faster and faster as she thrilled us with Taffanel’s “Grande Fantasie on Mignon”.

Matt Still-Blundell (guitar)  Saffron Doherty (voice) Tom Amigoni (double bass) 
Alexandra Clarke (flute) David Jones (accompanist)
Bows Audience

(Photos: Roger Evans)

Press Report

Once again the group of students from the Junior Royal Northern College of Music captivated the audience at the Middlewich and District Concerts Society concert. David Jones provided piano accompaniment where appropriate.

The singer this year was Saffron Doherty (19). What a voice! She began with the aria “Laschia ch’io pianga” by Handel, followed by songs by Thomas Dunhill and Ivor Gurney. Later she sang “Voi che sapete” from the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, “Die Nacht” (Richard Strauss) and finally a heart-felt rendition of “Over the Rainbow” (Harold Arlen).

Matt Still-Blundell (18) was the only student to introduce the music. He captivated the audience with “Adelita” and “Gran Vals” by Tarrega, “Sons de Carilhões” (Pernambuco), “Canción del Emperador” (Luys de Narváez) and “Mazurka-Choro” (Villa-Lobos), before finishing with an exquisite “Spanish Romanza”.

Tom Amigoni (16) played the double-bass. He gave us Fauré’s “Sicilenne” and “Après un Rêve”, followed by a properly earth-shaking “Elephant” from the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens and a thrilling “Kicho” by Piazzolla, full of tango rhythms.

Alexandra Clarke (18) amply demonstrated the technicality of playing the flute with a competition piece by Fauré and the first movement of a Suite by Widor, before concluding the concert with an extraordinary performance of the “Grande Fantasie on Mignon” by Taffanel.

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