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Clifton Christmas Concert 2016

Last night was our biggest Christmas Concert yet with over 50 musicians from Y7-11 performing to a packed audience of family, friends and staff!

Y9 band The Astros opened the show with their superb version of the Arctic Monkeys classic ‘A Certain Romance’. Mr Griffin’s Y7 choir followed with an enthusiastic rendition of ‘Santa Claus is coming to Town’. For several musicians this was their first event, and our beginner brass ensemble, Gabriella, Daniyal, Lubos and Michal, thoroughly enjoyed showing off their new skills by playing Jingle Bells. The accomplished Rock and Soul Bands also performed. Clifton Factor runner-up Vaniya Farooq sang, Ross Denton and Ellie Mae Evans played saxophone and flute, and Y10 Amy Burling performed ‘Last Christmas’.

There were highlight performances by our Music Leaders – Harmonix, led by Alice Hardy, performed ‘Somewhere only we know’. Alice also performed a stunning duet of ‘Say Something’ with Laura Johnson. Alijah Mustafa and Shohaib Shafia, otherwise known as 2Barz, pulled out all the stops for ‘Hear Dis’. Danielle Brownlow sang and played piano for her gorgeous version of ‘This is Gospel’, and Charlotte Caprani debuted her beautiful piano interpretation of ‘Demons’.

Several of our Y11 Rockschool musicians also took the opportunity to perform their exam pieces before their final performance in February. Matt Cooper produced an outstanding drum solo for ‘Uptown Funk’, Jack Dudhill performed the beautiful ‘Nuvole Bianche’ and Emily Wilkinson sang ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. Josh Walker rapped ‘Slim Shady’ and Luke Poucher performed Robbie Williams’ ‘Party like a Russian’. Kieren Wilson, Courtney Lewis, Jan Karala and Megan Parkinson performed ‘Mardy Bum’ and Alice Ellinger showcased her piano debut of ‘When you wish upon a star’. Jan also performed ‘Blue Orchid’ with Sam Hough, before dazzling the audience with Hussen Mulhem as the awesome Mountain of Diamonds.

Our musicians have worked exceptionally hard in preparation for the concert and conducted themselves professionally backstage – well done to all involved!

Thankyou to all who came along and Merry Christmas!

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