Clifton College musicians perform in commemorative Jo Cooper Concert

Clifton College musicians perform in commemorative Jo Cooper Concert

Musicians of all ages across the College came together on a warm spring evening to take part in the Jo Cooper Concert, this year held in the beautiful St George's in Bristol. The standard of music making was amazingly high throughout the evening and content ranged from Coates's Knightsbridge March and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony played by the orchestra of over fifty musicians to solos, choir numbers and chamber groups.

The Jo Cooper Concert takes place every year in memory of pianist and BBC broadcaster Joseph Cooper. He attended Clifton College as a music scholar, going on to Keble College, Oxford, where he was an organ scholar. 

There were too many highlights of the concert to list all of them, but special mention must go to soloists Valentin Kasparov on trombone, and Charlie Pughe and Emma Shaw who played a lively and enjoyable clarinet duet by Mendelssohn. Music of a totally different genre was provided in real style by Amelia Gilmartin on violin and Dan Laurie on bass, who together with top jazz pianist Jim Blomfield gave virtuosic renditions of jazz standards. The Chamber Choir again changed the mood with fun versions of Bohemian Rhapsody and Circle of Life, both arranged by James Hills.

Director of Music Dan Robson said: "It is always such a pleasure to go and perform in Bristol's premier concert venue, for players and audience alike. It's a real buzz for our students and I was absolutely delighted with the way they rose to the occasion. I'm already looking forward to the next trip!"

Flick through the gallery below for photographs of this special evening.