The fabulous and personable French Horn player Ben Goldscheider came to Writhlington School on Friday to play for the Vital Art Club with pianist Richard Uttley. It came as something of a surprise that the French Horn is rather a gentle sounding instrument, and the music Ben played was upbeat but soft. The experience of having someone play music so incredibly well just metres from where you were sitting was pretty amazing. It feels different, both exciting and relaxing at the same time, and totally absorbing.
Ben played a mixed programme, of fast, happy pieces and slower, more gentle music. We had one modern sonata, a piece with four separate movements, which was interesting and a bit more edgy than the rest – it even included a bit of Morse Code as it was written in the middle of World War II. We also had a piece written by the famous composer Richard Strauss for his parents silver wedding anniversary, as his dad was a horn player.
The best of the slower pieces was Barcarolle by Tchaikovsky, which was meltingly beautiful and had some of our younger audience falling asleep. We finished with a piece named after a pub, in which you could hear the laughter and drunken games in the music.
The Vital Art audience was full of families of all different sizes and ages. There were quite a few primary school aged children snuggled up contentedly with Mum or Dad on our sofas in the atrium, as well as grandparents and parents who all came with club members from the school.
The next event is on Wednesday 27th November when Tabea Debus brings her recorders, a cellist and a theorbo (lute) player with her to our school. The experience of an hour of Tabea’s playing is like listening to very harmonious birds for an hour, and is relaxing and uplifting. For details go to the website https://www.vitalart.
Again, the concert will be at a family-friendly 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the atrium at Writhlington School.
Members of the Vital Art Club can bring themselves and any member of their family or step-family for £1 per ticket. This is only open to members of Writhlington School community, pupils and staff. To join Vital Art, go to ParentPay on the school website and choose Vital Art membership.
Tickets for non-members are £12 each.