We were thrilled to welcome guests from the School and wider community to our Silver Tablet Concert yesterday evening where they were treated to many musical delights. The evening was opened by our Chamber Group, with Emily Barron and Sasha Charter on Clarinet and Callum Hendry on Bassoon (Transitus), followed by a solo from Keir Morris (SI) on Saxophone who was accompanied by his brother Archie, a former pupil from the Class of 2015. These young musicians displayed such confidence and may be potential Silver Tablet participants in 2023/24 - watch this space!
Our four Silver Tablet musicians from Senior VI performed beautifully showcasing their talent through well-executed programmes.
Emily Capell - Voice performed: Il mio bel foco - Marcello; Widmung - Schumann; The Sun Whose Rays are All Ablaze - Gilbert and Sullivan; To One Who Passed Whistling Through the Night - C Armstrong Gibbs; The Gallant Weaver - James McMillan and Be Kind and Courteous - Britten.
Lauren Baker - Trumpet performed: Albumblatt - Alexander Glasunov; Vivace (Concerto E flat Major) - Johan Baptist, Georg Neruda and Tico Tico - Zequinha Abreu.
Amy Crawford - Pianoforte performed: Prelude in C Sharp Minor - S Rachmaninoff; Remote Xianggelila - Ma Jinfeng and Zhang Na; Ondo No Funauta - H Okumura and Otemoyan - H Okumura.
Gavin Findlay - Saxophone performed: Concerto for Alto Saxophone (Mvt 1) - Ronald Binge; Prélude et Saltarelle - Robert Planel and Schwarzer Tänzer - Nigel Wood.
Palma Allan had a tough job as adjudicator and announced Gavin Findlay the winner of this year’s Silver Tablet. Clare Robertson (Morrison), the 1954 Silver Tablet winner on piano, was delighted to present the award to Gavin. Congratulations to Gavin and to all performers for contributing to a truly outstanding evening of musical talent.
A selection of photos from the evening can be found on our Flickr page.
History of the Silver Tablet
The Silver Tablet celebrates the best of musical talent from the Senior School and performers are chosen from pupils who have attained a minimum standard of Associated Board Grade 8. The award was set up by Miss Waugh in honour of Miss Martha McIntyre and Miss Margaret Macindoe, both of whom taught music until 1914. The first winner of the Tablet in 1917 was Margaret Harper, who went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she gained great distinction. Miss Waugh taught all pupils, even those who were never destined for musical greatness, the pleasure of listening to music: a lesson which lasted them throughout their lives. This is a sentiment still promoted at St Columba’s today.