Photo: Upper Sixth Pupil, Harry Kneeshaw performing a violin solo during the Charity Concert
A packed Music School witnessed the prolific talent of Wilberforce House musicians, who showcased their talent from past and present to raise money for their chosen charity, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
An Evening with Harry Kneeshaw and Friends included students from every year group, as well as OPs, on violin, euphonium, voice, marimba or harp. It was a night that celebrated diversity of skill and flair - and, most prominently, Wilberforce music’s leading light, Harry, who has earned a scholarship to study music at the Royal Academy which he hopes to commence in September.
“The idea to raise money for the RNIB and put on this concert came to me from the outstanding aptitude and inspirational talent of a very special student, Harry Kneeshaw,” said Manique Wilson, Wilberforce Lower School Housemistress. “Ever since he joined us seven years ago, Wilber has gone from strength to strength, winning House Music for six years in the past ten competitions. I like to call it ‘The Kneeshaw Years’ in testimony to his influence.”
Lower School pupils Niamh Clements, Aleck Brown and Esme Regan impressed on their chosen instruments and audiences are sure to see more from them in the coming years. Middle School were superbly represented by Louis Toulmin and Gabby Brace, who have supported the House well this year. A confident performance of an oratory from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar by Fifth Former Henry Kay also added to the breadth of House talent on show.
Sixth formers Xylia Milsom, Izzy Watson and Archie Kneeshaw displayed polished performances and Wilber OPs Fin Henderson, Dan Johns and Cerys Rees made a welcome return and showed the audience that they are still very actively involved in making music.
However, the evening belonged to Harry who gave the audience much delight in his virtuoso role.
Mrs Wilson said: “Wilber did what we do best - putting on a show! It was a spectacular night for Wilber and a great night for the charity as we raised £565 for the RNIB.”
To view photographs from the concert, please click here.