All Vinehall pupils from Reception to Year 8, parents and grandparents were treated to the most beautiful and inspiring recital from the Second Prize Winner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Hans Suh.

He played an entire programme of Waltzes, beginning with the famous ‘Minute Waltz’ and ending with the virtuosic Gounod – Liszt Valse de Faust.  This was full of flashy sonic effects, such as glissandos, and lots of other pianistic fireworks as he raced towards its dramatic conclusion.  The whole Chaplin Theatre burst into rapturous applause.

What the audience was not aware of was that Hans came ready to play a completely different programme; but testament to his true professionalism and insight, he changed the programme to fit the setting and, more importantly, to what the children would appreciate and love.

We were very fortunate that Hans then stayed for a music workshop with our scholars. One of the performers was  Lancelot L.  who performed both Bach and Debussy and then experienced his first Masterclass with Hans.  Hans was very impressed with Lancelot’s playing and gave lots of good advice.  He ended by saying that Lancelot has a very bright future ahead.

Vinehall would like to wish all our talented scholars every success in their forthcoming auditions.