8th September 2021 — The recitals began last November, when audiences had to be limited to members of staff because of Covid social distancing restrictions. Max Kenworthy, Director of Music at The Leys, said he was delighted that pupils were now able to attend.
He introduced Jonathan, a second-year student, who then briefly described the varied programme he was about to play on the Chapel Organ. He opened with the “explosive” Transport de joie (Outburst of joy) from L’Ascension by Olivier Messiaen, then moved on to the more reflective Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ by J.S. Bach and Elegy by George Thalben-Ball. The mood changed again with the delicate “psychedelic” flutes of Miroir by contemporary Dutch composer Ad Wammes. Jonathan closed the recital with Fantasia and Fugue in G minor by J.S. Bach.