Making Musicians returned to the Cathedral on Thursday with a fantastic hour of music performed by Jonathan Jolly (L6S) and Elizabeth King (L6B).
Jonathan wowed the audience with a spectacular performance on Saxophone, playing pieces by Ibert, Binge and Debussy. He began learning the saxophone when he was seven years old; he also plays the piano and organ. Last term, he passed his Grade 8 alto saxophone with distinction, after doing the same in piano the previous year. He won the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music prize at the Norfolk Young Musician competition earlier this year, and is currently studying for a diploma on the saxophone. Jonathan is studying A-level music and wishes to pursue the subject at university.
Elizabeth performed wonderful pieces by Mozart, Grovlez and Saint-Saens on Oboe. Elizabeth has been learning the oboe since the age of 9. She enjoys taking part in the many music groups at school as well as playing in the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra as the Principal Oboist. She also plays the violin and piano to Grade 7 standard. She is currently studying to take Grade 8 oboe this term. Last year, Elizabeth had the opportunity to perform with the London Mozart Players at St Andrew’s Hall.
Also on Thursday was a workshop, held as part of the Making Musicians programme. The workshop was attended by award holders and music scholars and was taken by Jason Rowlands. The group created their own piece of music using composition improvisation skills based on the overture to the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart.
Making Musicians is a series of 9 recitals given by pupils from Norwich School and occasionally other local schools. It is an opportunity for exceptional musicians to perform in front of an audience in an intimate, but impressive setting. The next performance is on Thursday 25th January 2018 at 1.10pm. Admission is free and all visitors to the Cathedral are welcome to attend.