Leavers’ Recital -20th May

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The evening of Monday 20thMay 2019 was full of celebration but ultimately tinged with sadness, as our wonderful Upper Sixth leavers performed for the final time as soloists in the Johnson Hall. The culmination of several years of dedicated work, this concert showcased a varied spectrum of music from musicals and popular song to world music and classical.

Beginning proceedings was the ever-present vocalist Florence Lunnon, performing a stellar rendition of Maybe This Time. Moving us into the realm of classical music was harpist Juliet Grogan, who presented for us a beautifully crafted interpretation of Marcel Tournier’s Prelude No.4. Charming the audience with a stunning performance of George Gershwin’s The Man I Love was vocalist Tara Ellis. Our first pianist for the night, Tyler Olding was up next, treating us to an infectiously catchy performance of the classic Hit the Road Jack by Percy Mayfield. Returning to the classical side of music, was vocalist Seb Berkeley, who sung a sublimely shaped The Flowers by Benjamin Britten. Next came the turn of bassist Will Renwick who performed a unique rendition of Portrait of Tracy by Jaco Pastorious. The penultimate item in our first half came from clarinettist Phoebe Colmar, who eloquently performed Tango by Isaac Albeniz. To round off the first half of the concert, vocalist Elenice Andrews performed a suitably stunning and musically mature interpretation of Frank Wildhorn’s Someone Like You from ‘Jekyll & Hyde’.

After a short interval, the evening recommenced in style, with Oska Zaky expertly performing one of his own songs Unknown. Following this, harpist Sofia Hinteregger performed a wonderfully moving rendition of Yiruma’s River Flows in You. A thoroughly engaging performance of Billie Eillish’s I Wish You Were Gay came next, sung by Alice Kramer, accompanying herself on the guitar. Our second pianist of the evening, Imara-Bella Thorpe came next, performing ably for us the tranquil Remote Xianggelila by Ma and Zhang N. Guiding us into the Jazz sphere for our penultimate item of the concert was Greg Wills, performing for us an effortlessly stylish Misty by Errol Garner and Johnny Burke. Bringing the evening’s musical offerings to a close was exceptionally talented violinist Isabelle Barber, who with intense feeling and technical prowess, wowed the audience with her interpretation of the second movement taken from J.S Bach’s Concerto in A minor BWV 1041.

For all of the dedication that our Upper Sixth pupils have shown to both their own musical development, and the strengthening of the Millfield School Music Department, we are all truly thankful. We wish them all the very best for and could not think of better students to carry the Millfield name with them into the future.

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