On Friday 25 November 2016 ten pupils from Witton Park Academy attended the BBC Philharmonic concert at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.
Pupils were treated to works by Mozart, Symphony No. 25, Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker: Act II and the fabulous Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 performed by Leonard Elschenbroich.
The first piece, Symphony No. 25 was, for many of us, our first classical live performance and what an experience. Full of rich strings and muted woodwind it created the perfect atmosphere calming, thoughtful and emotive. Mozart is the pinnacle of classical music and it was great to see our pupils enjoy the melodies and contrasts created by this great master.
This was followed by Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 performed by the world renowned Leonard Elschenbroich. In complete contrast to Mozart this piece required aggressive and forceful phrases quickly followed by subtle and delicate finger techniques during the middle sections that took the listener on a journey of romantic emotions. Through its dramatic opening and finish our pupils experienced high level playing that not only inspired them but entranced them throughout.
Finally we heard Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker: Act II – made ‘famous’ by the popular Barbie in the Nutcracker film! Taken through the most recognisable melodies we smiled, hummed and pondered over memories from our childhood identifying scenes and situations associated with his great work. A special congratulations to the pupils not clapping in between movements!