St Paul’s opened the 2021 Palladian Cup campaign with a bang, placing first in the Solo Instrumental tournament.
Saxophonist, and second year, Ben Lerner, performed “Chasin’ the Trane” by John Coltrane on an alto saxophone.
The piece was performed in standard blues form, but approached by Mr. Lerner in a chordless trio context, without piano or guitar.
“I approached the performance like a live gig and wanted to bring the same energy that I’d bring on the first tune of a gig, rather than unnecessarily flaunt technique, which is typically expected in competitions like the Palladian Cup,” said Mr. Lerner after his set.
Freshman, Thomas Mah Chut, was the other representative from Paul’s. Mr. Mah Chut performed “Evocation” by Isaac Albeniz on piano, and was very well received by the audience.
Paul’s has not placed first in a Palladian Cup event since Hugh Jameson’s Solo Vocal performance in 2018, and has not won the overall Cup since 2016.
The final placings for solo instrumental were:
- St Paul’s
- St Andrew’s
The College will look to place again in the next Palladian Cup event, Solo Vocal, on the 30th of March.