An audience of Clifton staff, pupils, parents and OCs together with the Children’s Hospice South West staff and supporters enjoyed a truly remarkable Summer Serenade in our Chapel.
Featuring talented young musicians from the College accompanied by The Bristol Ensemble, we were treated to a memorable evening.
Clara Sherratt, Year 8, began with a stunning rendition of Shostakovich’s second piano concerto; she has astonishing talent and maturity for her age and this was received with a standing ovation.
The concert then moved through the age range of the Upper School with Becky Pughe, Year 9, playing a beautiful clarinet arrangement of Handel’s Lascia Ch'io Pianga and Hannah Wilkie, Year 12, giving a commanding performance of the opening movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C.
Emma Shaw, Year 12, gave a breathtaking rendition of the final movement of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto. Tom Barwick, Year 12, was the consummate entertainer in Rutter’s more light-hearted Suite Antique for flute and orchestra and Valentin Kasparov, Year 13, rounded off the evening with a spirited reprise of the Guilmant.
Dr Greene, Head of College, said: "It was a pleasure to be able to host the Summer Serenade concert in support of the Children's Hospice South West and to welcome their staff, supporters and guests to the College. I know that our own young musicians who, performed alongside the wonderful Bristol Ensemble, were moved to be able to help support CHSW. I very much hope that we will be able to co host more events in the future to promote such a worthy cause."