On Wednesday 27th February Cranleigh was very lucky to be visited by Trifarious (violin/viola, saxophone/clarinet, piano) as part of the 2018/19 Concert Series.

The ensemble are specialists in new music and to that end we were treated to excellent performances of music by Peter Sculthorpe, Edmund Joliffe and Barbara Thompson, including an entertaining introduction to her piece by the composer herself. The concert also represented the culmination of a year long project with the school’s Upper Sixth music students that involved a composition workshop in November with the ensemble and the performance of two original pieces written specifically for Trifarious.

Millie Mazzone and Elwyn Rowlands produced two excellent pieces that stood well in the concert and showed compositional maturity beyond their years. Millie’s piece was a lively tour of Italian dance figuration and Japanese pentatonicism to expressive romantic writing that was full of character and melodic/harmonic invention.

Meanwhile Elwyn composed a Prelude and Fugue inspired by the great works of Bach and Shostakovich that had all the rigour of the form, whilst still managing to be expressive and present a rich musical palette. A thoroughly enjoyable concert celebrating a wonderful ensemble and our excellent Upper Sixth Form students.