27th September 2019 — It was a real honour to welcome back the Stradivarius Piano Trio to Great Ballard for the third year running. The Stradivarius Piano Trio are a world class musical act consisting of Andrew Bernardi, Jonathan Few and Maria Marchant who play all over the world.
Andrew Bernardi plays a stradivarius violin - a unique and beautiful violin worth millions of pounds. As part of the Shipley Arts Festival, the trio put on an evening performance at Eartham House and on the same day, treat Great Ballard pupils to their very own concert. Andrew, Jonathan and Maria played some beautiful pieces and pupils helped Andrew to 'paint a musical picture' after they listened to an extract from 'The Lark Ascending' by Vaughan Williams. They described blue skies, birds tweeting, an oak tree, and a rainbow in the distance.
Eva, our Head of School, stood up and thanked the trio on behalf of everyone and with three cheers to end, it was a wonderful occasion. A few pupils stayed to speak to the trio and Rosie played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on Jonathan's cello!