Saturday 11th March 2023

Junior RNCM
“Before They Become Famous XVI”

Another visit by students from the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. See their previous concert in March 2022 for an idea of the sort of entertainment they provide. This season’s students will be different, but the performances promise to be just as exciting.

The artists (announced 18th February) will be Heather Stark (Harp), Jeremy Bailey (Flute), Claire Marsden (French Horn), Ella Hodgson-Laws (Violin) and James Marriott (Voice).

Here is a PDF of the Poster for this Concert (click to VIEW or right click to SAVE). Please feel free to print and display the poster to help publicise this concert.

Programme (announced on the night)

Claire Marsden (horn) with David Jones (piano)
Richard Strauss : Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major (i. Allegro)

Jeremy Bailey (flute) with David Jones (piano)
Otar Taktakishvili : Flute Sonata (i. Allegro cantabile, ii. Aria: Moderato con moto)

James Marriott (voice) with David Jones (piano)
Gilbert & Sullivan : Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes from The Gondoliers
Sondheim & Bernstein : Something’s Coming from West Side Story
Sondheim : Johanna from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Ella Hodgson-Laws (violin) with David Jones (piano)
Zoltan Kodaly : Adagio        

Heather Stark (harp)
Alphonse Hasselmans : Priere, Op. 22
Carlos Salzedo : Chanson Dans La Nuit


Claire Marsden (horn)
Richard Bissill : Lone Call and Charge [played from another room]
Sigurd Berge : Horn Lokk

Ella Hodgson-Laws (violin) with David Jones (piano)
J.S. Bach : Preludio from Partita Ill in E major BMV 1006 [violin solo]
Bela Bartok : Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Piano Sz 86

Heather Stark (harp)
Marcel Grandjany : Automne
Richard Rodgers : My Favourite Things

James Marriott (voice) with David Jones (piano)
Boublil & Kretzmer, and Schonberg : What Have I Done? from Les Miserables
Pasek and Paul : Waving Through a Window from Dear Evan Hansen

Jeremy Bailey (flute) with David Jones (piano)
Gary Schocker : Airborne

Brief Report “on the night”

An absolutely splendid concert attended by over 60 people. The highlights (for me personally) were:

Jeremy Bailey’s beautiful flute sonata by Taktakishvili.
Heather Stark’s enchanting harp rendering of Hasselmans’ Priere.
Claire Marsden’s “Lone  Call and Charge” hauntingly played from another room.
Ella Hodgson-Laws’ solo violin Preludio by Bach.
James Marriott’s strong voice blasting out “What have I done” from Les Miserables.

Jeremy Bailey Heather Stark Claire Marsden
Ella Hodgson-Laws James Marriott David Jones

Press Report

We have become accustomed to excellent performances by students from the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. This year’s group of five were exceptional and provided a fitting tribute to Karen Humphreys, the Head of the JRNCM, who is moving to pastures new. David Jones provided piano accompaniment as required.

Claire Marsden (16) began the concert with a rousing performance from Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1. Later she gave haunting renditions of ‘Lone Call and Charge’ by Bissill, played off stage, and the ‘Horn Lokk’ by Berge.

Flautist Jeremy Bailey (16) played Taktakoshvili’s flute sonata beautifully and came back with an absorbing piece called ‘Airborne’, by Schocker.

The singer this year was James Marriott (18). He showed a great range of expression in songs from ‘The Gondoliers’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’.

Violinist Ella Hodgson-Laws (17) played Kodály’s ‘Adagio’ and the ‘Rhapsody No. 1’ by Bartok with aplomb and captivated the audience with the ‘Preludio’ from Bach’s Partita No. 3 for solo violin.

The harp has a unique, ethereal sound, certainly in the hands of Heather Stark (16). She played ‘Prière’ (Hasselmans) and ‘Chanson Dans La Nuit’ (Salzedo) in the first half and ‘Automne’ (Grandjany) and ‘My Favourite Things’ (Rogers) later.

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