WHAT a wonderful event the Lakeside Clarinet Quartet, Inoko Isobe and Kerry Waller Recital Series Concert at King’s Ely was on the evening of May 22nd.

Head of Vocal Studies at King’s Ely Senior, Peter North, said: “The evening saw students from the Guildhall School of Music present a concert of little-known composers in the latest of the Recital Series.

“Beginning with a clarinet quartet by the Dutch composer Willem Strietman, played by the Lakeside Quartet with assured confidence, the first half concluded with an oboe sonata by the Czech composer Klement Slavicky performed by Inoko Isobe on oboe and Kerry Waller accompanying on piano.

“The second half featured music by Silvestrini and Jean Francais for both quartet and oboe, and the audience left expressing their appreciation of some excellent young performers at the beginning of their careers, with some seasoned musicians declaring it the best oboe playing they had ever heard.

“The concert is part of the ongoing partnership with the Guildhall School of Music started by Neil Porter-Thaw, and as well as
providing a much-loved local stage for serious musicians, it enables our pupils to interact with young musicians just starting out on their careers, one of the primary aims of the Recital Series.”

Speaking after the concert, Director of Music at King’s Ely, Neil Porter-Thaw, said: “The interaction and sheer enjoyment between the young performers was a joy to witness. I am delighted that musicians from the Guildhall are now frequent visitors to King’s Ely. Don’t miss the next one!”

The next concert in the Recital Series is an evening of words and music highlighting the life of Kathleen Ferrier on June 19th at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from King’s Ely Box Office: https://www.kingsely.org/news-events/box-office/

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