Dean Close School was proud to sponsor the Mayor’s Concert of Youth on Sunday evening. Our very own Housemistress, Julie Kent, introduced the concert, starring Cheltenham Youth Choir, Gloucestershire Academy of Music and musicians from Dean Close School. The concert was held in the beautiful Cheltenham Town Hall to showcase Gloucestershire’s young talent and raised  money for the Mayor’s charities; Pied Piper Appeal and Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

Dean Close musicians included the Preparatory Chamber Group, who performed a superb rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon. Three Preparatory School strings players were joined by Emma and Matthew of the Carducci Quartet and gave a professional standard performance. Year 10 pupil, Oscar Jack, also wowed the audience with a confident clarinet performance of Solo de Concours. Oscar was followed by the Dean Close Clarinet Quintet, performing Weber’s 1st movement. A wonderful first half of musical talent that also showcased a range of gifted local pupils from GAM and Cheltenham Youth Choir.

After a brief interval, the Dean Close Piano Trio performed Mendelssohn’s 2nd movement, once again impressing the 150 strong crowd with their ability and skill. Year 13 pupil, Janice Ng, followed with a stunning performance of the tranquil Debussy piece, Clair de Lune.  On what was Mozart’s birthday, it was only fitting that The Dean Close Sinfonia performed the 1st movement of Eine Keine Nactmusik. A tune that everyone is familiar with and they did not disappoint!

The Mayor thanked all of the young musicians for their outstanding performances and the audience for supporting his elected charities. The evening was drawn to a close with a crowd pleasing piece by the world renowned Carducci Quartet. The strings group played Four for Tango, replicating the sounds of feet sliding across a dance floor with their instruments. A magnificent end to an evening that displayed what a talented town we live in.