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Sophie and Anna in duet

A Recital by  Sophie McDonald - 14 September 2018

Audience gather to hear Sophie in action

The talented young singer and clarinetist, Sophie McDonald filled Penicuik South Church with song and clarinet music for her recital on Friday 14 September 2018. The audience were in for a musical treat indeed as Sophie entertained us with two acts opening with songs modern, jazz and classical. Following a short break and we were being treated to some of the most beautiful clarinet music written. Sophie was joined by her father Graham McDonald accompanying her on piano.

The concert was Sophie's idea to help raise funds, through audience donations, to contribute towards the cost of her continuing classes into second year, at the Junior Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow. 

The concert started the first Act with Sophie singing a selection of songs. Opening with 'Music for a while' by English composer Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)

Sophie told us what she had been doing in her first year at the Conservatoire, including a televised BBC Christmas Eve service.

The recital continued with another Purcell Baroque piece 'Oft she visits' from the opera Dido and Aeneas.

Something completely different Mr Snow from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.  Next we were treated to a piece by Johannes Brahms  An Die Nachtigall. Let Sophie tell you the story . This was followed by 
Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714 -1787) composition,  'O del mio dolce ardor' (Oh, of my sweet passion). O del mio dolce ardor

As a huge fan of musical theatre Sophie turned to Les Miserable for her next song,
I dreamed a dream, and then from the recent musical Hamilton, by  Lin-Manuel Miranda
' Burn'  Listen to  Sophie telling you the background   Continuing the musical theme we turned to the English composer Armstrong Gibbs (1889 - 1960) and his song for piano and  'The Cherry Tree'  Hear more about this song

For Sophie's final song in Act 1, she called on her young sister Anna to accompany her in the duet 'For Good' from the Broadway musical Wicked by Stephen Schwartz , from the book by Winnie Holzman.  A bit of the background

A great selection of refreshments were available during the interlude, before we gathered again for Sophie's selection of music for clarinet. 

Act 2 commenced with an introduction by Sophie of the first movement of  Franz Krommer, a prolific composer, and court composer (1759 - 1831), ranked with Mozart and Haydn   'Concerto in E Flat Major'. This was followed by Sophie introducing a
sonata by the French composer Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)  'Clarinet Sonata' written for clarinetist Benny Goodman. This was the last piece Poulenc wrote before his death.

A change to a more contemporary style, Sophie played us the well known Acker Bilk 'Stranger on the Shore'  which Sophie tells us was a favourite from her time in primary school.

Time to bring in a bit of  jazz clarinet, with three pieces for unaccompanied clarinet, giving Graham on piano a rest,  written by composer Paul Harvey,
Professor of Clarinet and saxophone at the Royal Military School of Music. Inspired by George Gershwin, we listened to 'I got Rhythm'

For her final piece Sophie played a selection by William Hurlstone  (1876 - 1906)
an English composer who died young, before his potential could be realised. As Sophie says a real 'What if? character. The four pieces include a ballad, lullaby, intermezzo and scherzo    

After the applause subsided Sophie thanked those who helped her put on the recital, and the support of all those who turned out to listen.

Sophie McDonald is a name we will hear in the future as her musical studies continue.  

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Published 19 September 2018
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838