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5th May 2017

Virtuosi Octet – New Generation Artist Series

Virtuosi Octet – New Generation Artist Series

Wells Cathedral School.  Musical Director – Matthew Souter.


On Friday evening May 5th the audience of the James Wyatt Music Room were once again treated to some stunning players by our New Generation Artists.

Eight teenagers from Wells Cathedral School under the direction of Matthew Souter presented a programme that both thrilled and excited the entire audience. Not only was their playing superb, but also incredible musicianship was evident, with vast amounts of emotion and passion shining through in all they did.

The first half showcased individual performers, accompanied sensitively and superbly by Aaron Burrows & Lydia Scadding. There were excerpts from Brahms Violin Sonata in Gmaj; Suite Populaire by De Falla and Sibelius Violin Concerto. Edgar Francis playing Elegie by Glazunov represented the Viola, and the two Cellists treated us to part of the 2nd Suite by Bach and Cesar Franck Violin Sonata arr for Cello. Particular mention must be made of Sasha Boult who played this latter piece. Her sheer involvement, strength and quality of tone was quite exceptional for one so young.

The second half of the programme was no less enthralling – coming together as they did to perform Mendelssohn’s String Octet. A youthful yet symphonic piece written when he was just a teenager himself, these young players showed real teamwork, blending and interacting well together to create a cohesive and confident rendition.


After the sad death of our Kapellmeister – Professor George Pratt exactly a week before on April 28th, Charles Courtenay gave a touching tribute to open the concert. Had he been with us, George would have been truly impressed by these youngsters.

We will endeavour to make sure his legacy remains and thrives.



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