Another outstanding concert! Plenty of emotional performances and a variety of genres.
Jonathan Mallet started proceedings with Mozart's Piano Concerto in A, accompanied by the Prior Park Philharmonic. Rory Dinwoodie and Verity Page took turns to perform Five Bagatelles for Clarinet with the Philharmonic Strings. Hao Chen did a wonderful Oboe Concerto in D (Allessandro Marcello) followed by Freya Postles playing Canzonetta by Frank Bridge on piano. Will Maxwell finished the first half singing 'Empty chairs at empty tables' from Les Mis, an appropriate choice for the occasion.
In warm evening sunlight, drinks were taken on the lawns.
Alice Perkins began the second half accompanied by the Leavers' Choir singing Mozart's Laudate Dominum. Matthew Wainwright performed the highly complex Grave and Allegro on double bass before Kittipit Viseshsin soothed the audience with Chopin's Nocturne in Eb. Max Gall's beautiful baritone voice was a perfect match for 'Flight' by Carnelia and Rebecca Pignatelli wowed the audience with 'Don't cry for me, Argentina'.
Meg Clayton Smith and Millie Halewood's duet of 'Candle in the Wind' was delicate and was followed by the deep and strong bass of James Dorey's 'My Way'. Elizabeth Rigby and Kelly Chen had joined together in St Mary's to perform Vivace in D before Georgia Butt took us to Italy with a performance of Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro'. Jess Waters always delivers, this time with 'For Good' from Wicked. Olivia Locke gave a hauntingly sublime performance of 'With you' from Ghost, bringing a tear to the eye of many members of the audience. George Rebello, accompanied by members of his talented family, performed the upbeat 'Don't you worry 'bout a thing' by Stevie Wonder and finally, The Leavers' Choir completed proceedings with 'Midas' and 'Seasons of Love'.
We will miss their talent, however we look forward to the next generation of aspiring musicians.