This year’s St Cecilia Concert took place in Downside’s Fleischner Theatre. 

Just a couple of days before the concert we learned the sad news of the death of Hans Fleischner, thanks to whose immense generosity we are able to enjoy the excellent facilities in the theatre that bears his name. It was a heartening coincidence that two of the items in the programme were especially suitable to mark his passing. At the start of the concert Fr James led the performers and audience in a minute’s silence and a prayer for Hans.

The evening’s programme provided a snapshot of the diversity of instrumental, vocal and choral music that forms part of the daily diet at Downside. Highlights included an outstanding group of vocal solos from some of our leading Upper Sixth musicians. No fewer than five ensembles also performed, and one veteran of these occasions was heard to say, “What a great concert. Every item was a knockout!”

The St Cecilia programme can be found here