Owen’s Guitar Ensemble took part in an inspirational workshop with international guitar virtuoso, Morgan Szymanski. He worked with them on various aspects of ensemble playing, as well as sound production and projecting to an audience. The following Saturday, the ensemble performed in the stunning, historic surroundings of the Long Gallery at Hatfield House with their director, Mr Niesyto. In addition they were treated to a preconcert talk from broadcaster and musicologist, Stephen Johnson. We were excited that Morgan Szymanski came to wish the Guitar Ensemble luck and to hear their final rehearsal, before himself performing in the Marble Hall with the renowned tenor, Mark Padmore. And we got free tickets to this concert in the very Hall where the famous 16th century lutenist and composer, John Dowland, played for Queen Elizabeth I.
On the Friday evening, the Y10 String Quartet gave a highly praised performance of a Mendelssohn quartet movement in the same stunning surroundings of the Long Gallery before the Marble Hall concert given by the United Strings of Europe.
Our thanks to the Hatfield House Chamber Music festival for these wonderful opportunities.