Old Cliftonians to celebrate new album with special recital

Old Cliftonians to celebrate new album with special recital

Julia Hwang and Charles Matthews, who both studied at the school before winning scholarships to Cambridge and beginning musical careers, are giving a recital to celebrate the release of their first CD Subito.

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The album is released by the St John’s College Cambridge label in conjunction with Signum Records, and is the first soloist album to be featured on the imprint. It’s also the first CD produced by a label focusing on Oxbridge collegiate choirs that solely features instrumental music.

Signum Classics has previously released albums with the King's Singers, St John's Choir and The King's Choir, and they approached Julia with the idea of releasing a CD in time for her graduation in 2017.

Julia said: “Charles and I have played together since I was 9, and it was very special to work with him again for my CD. He’s a reliable partner to whom I turn for most concerts and recordings.

“Clifton is my home - I spent 13 years here and it felt right to come back at this point in my life when I am graduating from university. Charles also attended Clifton, and we both agreed that we should hold one of the CD launch concerts at the school.”

Julia has been supported by the Director of St John’s Cambridge Choir Andrew Nethsingha, another Old Cliftonian, during the recording of the album.

In the sleeve of the album, Mr Nethsingha said: “I will never forget the first time I heard the radiant playing of Julia Hwang and I am so grateful to the late Sir David Willcocks for having encouraged her to apply to study at St John’s.

“It is my hope that this disc, released in the month of Julia’s graduation, will help catapult her – SUBITO! – onto her rightful place on the world’s stage.”

The event will start at 7pm with a drinks reception before the recital begins at Clifton College’s Prep Hall. It is free entry and open to all.

The programme is:

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major
Lutoslawski: Subito
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Frolov: Concert Fantasia on themes from Porgy and Bess

Daniel Robson, Head of Music at Clifton College, said: "I am delighted to be able to welcome back to Clifton two such outstanding musicians to perform to current students, staff and other Old Cliftonians. I am sure their recital will be a wonderful experience for anyone lucky enough to be in the audience." 

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