Magazine article Musical Opinion

Melbourne Grammar School's Symphony Orchestra's at the RAM

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Melbourne Grammar School's Symphony Orchestra's at the RAM

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Melbourne Grammar School's Symphony Orchestra's at the RAM

The Duke's Hall of the Royal Academy of Music was the venue for the final concert in the UK tour of the Symphony Orchestra of Melbourne Grammar School on 20 December, and a mightily impressive occasion it proved to be. The idea of a British Anglican Grammar School of about 1,600 pupils forming, training and sending around the world an orchestra of 90 players to give five concerts appears almost absurd, but these young Australians managed it and in doing so constituted a genuine triumph.

The concert began with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, conducted by Geoffrey Simon, an old boy of the School. This received an exciting reading, and although I might have wished for a greater observance of rests and of repeats, especially in the finale, the character of this indestructible masterpiece was strongly revealed. The School's Director of Music, Martin Rutherford, took the baton for the remainder of the programme. …

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