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The McClure Memorial Concert

On 16 March 2023, musicians from across the foundation joined with those from the Glyndebourne Tour orchestra to remember Sir John McClure, 100 years on and raise support for bursaries at Mill Hill.
5 Dec 2023

Together with an astonishing orchestra made up of players from the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra and conducted by the former principal conductor of the Glyndebourne Tour, Old Millhillian Ben Glassberg (McClure 2007-2012), the performance was nothing short of spectacular.  

The occasion started with a bang, as Ethan Lieber’s (McClure, 2016-2021) fanfare, performed by our guest musicians, set the tone for the night. The audience was then treated to a spellbinding performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, featuring our OM soloist and BBC Young Musician String Finalist Ellen Baumring-Gledhill (Murray, 2015-2020). The combined performance of our soloist and orchestra, conducted by Glassberg, delivered an unforgettable rendition of this most famous of cello works.  

The combined choirs sang a touching hymn written by John McClure himself during his time as Headmaster of Mill Hill School.  After the interval, all 175 singers, our guest orchestra and four professional soloists, performed a unique and exciting rendition of Handel’s Messiah. The excitement among all the performers’ faces was evident throughout the entire performance, and they devoted every ounce of their effort to delivering an unforgettable and magical rendition of the work. The performance concluded with a sensational encore of I Was Glad by Parry, leaving the audience in no doubt that this was a special event from start to finish.

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