On Wednesday 31st October, thirty-six pupils set off to Shanghai Oriental Art Centre to watch the Konzerthausorchester Berlin - one of Germany’s major Symphony orchestras. We were treated to a programme of Brahms and Beethoven. Feng Ning masterfully performed the Brahms Violin Concerto in D with power and panache that impressed the crowds, particularly the string playing cohort on our trip. Combined with the beauty of the slow movement, all of the pupils left the hall for the interval suitably inspired by the level of performance that one can achieve through practice and hard work.
After a short break, the orchestra returned afresh to perform Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The work, described by Beethoven as “one of my best works”, came leaping to life under the baton of Lawrence Foster. From the beauty of the Allegretto to the rousing triple forte of the finale, the orchestra seamlessly played the symphony with the high level of skill and proficiency that you’d expect from a world class ensemble. This was the first trip with some of the school’s new brass players. They were impressed by the brilliant trumpet and french horn playing, which is notoriously difficult in the piece. Overall, a great evening was had by all!