London College of Music students dazzled the audience with their talent at the Graduate Showcase concert. Graduating students took centre stage in the programme, which shone a light on each of their talents as they performed for the last time as LCM students.
London College of Music Camerata opened the evening with a performance of Mathias’ Processional, conducted by graduating student Gavin Fernandes. They also performed the winning entry of the LCM Composition competition, Overture by George Burton and closed the first half with an exhilarating rendition of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No2, 1st mvt (Allegro).
Other highlights of the evening included a lively version of Primavera Portena by Astor Piazolla featuring accordion player Aurimas Goris, who is graduating in Music Performance and Composition. He said, ‘We decided to really go for it and play like this is our last ever performance.
After graduation, I will be touring and playing festivals with my band.’
Composition student Nicole Reynolds performed her original track inspired by the story of the first transgender woman in America. She said, ‘It’s a really good feeling to be part of Showcase and to show what I have been working on. I hope this encourages others to get up and show their original compositions.’
The LCM Jazz vocal ensemble and the LCM Big Band closed the event with a rousing set. LCM student and Jazz Fellow Shane O’Brien played solo flugelhorn and also sourced the piece Dream of Peace by Derek Nash. Following graduation, Shane will be touring in America and starting a job in a school in Texas. He said, ‘It feels a bit surreal that three years have gone so fast. Moving from Ireland, I couldn’t have come to a better place. London is where all musicians come to find themselves.’