Pianist Isobel Croft was selected to represent the Junior School at the recent Ajis piano festival, and returned with plenty of praise for her original composition, Where the Wind Blows.
Year six pupil Isobel was one of just 16 children from schools across the north-west to attend the festival. In the afternoon, the musicians took part in a masterclass with Nicholas Oliver, the joint head of accompaniment at Chetham’s School of Music, to prepare for an evening performance.
Mr Oliver introduced Isobel’s solo recital as “a very special piece of music” and added:
I thought it was an evocative and imaginative sounding piece which could have easily been a soundtrack to a scene from a movie. It made a nice change from the usual playing from sheet music and we all gave it a name during the masterclass.
Stockport Grammar Junior School Music teacher Mrs Ruth Cole was also in attendance at the concert, and said:
There have been Ajis orchestral events in the past but pianists can be rather isolated in this respect, so we were delighted to put forward Isobel as our representative.
The pianists from various schools spent an afternoon playing duets, solos and a team piece and getting to know each other. They then treated an audience of friends, family and teachers to a delightful evening. Isobel impressed us all with her solo item, a piece which she had composed herself.