Markham Chamber Week

Last 10th– 14th September, the musicians at Markham College worked with professionals in preparation for this year’s Chamber Week.

The week kicked off on Monday 10th September with a series of workshops with young string players from P3 in Lower School. The classes across the day were designed to help them develop string technique and ensemble skills.

Our first concert took place that same evening at PUCP University where soloists and ensembles from Markham College performed alongside invited musicians in a programme that included Vivaldi, Mozart, Morley, Beriot, traditional Andean Music, Villa-Lobos and the world premiere of a cello piece by Peruvian Composer Monica Cardenas. There were many outstanding solos including ones from Javier Chion and Lily Casana.

Celebrations continued with the Markham Camerata concert on Thursday 13th September at the San Antonio Campus. The Camerata is made up of players from the String Faculty at Markham College as well as players from the National Symphony Orchestra and aims to encourage young players to explore different facets of the String repertoire and offer them the opportunity to play with professionals.

The recital concert was led by Carlos Johnson and invited conductor and workshop leader, once again Thomas Gregory. This year we were especially proud to present three of our own students as the soloists for Vivaldi Guitar Concerto. This was followed by items from the Intermediate and Senior Strings Orchestras playing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins and Jenkin’s Palladio respectively. There then followed a performance of the aforementioned Vivaldi Guitar Concerto with solos from Nicolas Zalaquett, Rodrigo Garcia and Mateo Alcalde who did a truly spectacular job of bringing this music alive whilst being accompanied by members of the Markham Camerata. For the final part of this evening, there was a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings op.48.

Our string players performed once again to the Middle School assembly on Friday 14th September. This was followed by a workshop with Thomas Gregory for the newly created Intermediate Orchestra who spent the morning learning to play Radetsky’s March.

At lunchtime, students were treated to a clarinet performance by staff member, Sady Bernardo, who performed alongside a Big Band and String Quartet with pieces by Weber, Poulenc and Artie Shaw.