By Neville Vincent
Thanks to Neville for reporting on Ellie's recent recital, and providing some background on her achievements.
Thanks to a local grapevine emanating from Merrow Croft, five of the intrepid Wednesday men walkers were joined by several other parishioners from St Pius X to hear an organ recital given by Ellie Carter at St Mary’s, Quarry Street.
Ellie had played for St Pius X Sunday masses regularly while a music scholar at Tormead School, often assisted by her mother and father, Hilary and Harry. Last year she gained a place as organ scholar at Claire College, Cambridge (the first female organist in the College’s 700 year history).
Ellie’s recital comprised a demanding programme of some renaissance dances followed by four pieces by Buxtehude and Bach in which she demonstrated an astounding development in confidence and maturity of playing in just one short year since commencing at Cambridge. From September she will also be the organ scholar for the King’s Voices Choir at King’s College, Cambridge - a testament to her talent.
There was a sizable audience at the recital who received Ellie warmly. I felt privileged to have played just a small part in her early musical development. She will go far.
Also read the article Clare welcomes its first ever female Organ Scholar.