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Estere Kajema
Upper Sixth
Hallward's House

Lunchtime Recital: Charles Vaughan

Lunchtime Recital: Charles Vaughan

On Tuesday 27th, I was lucky enough to see Charles Vaughan performing in the Music School in his saxophone and piano concert, as part of the weekly Lunchtime Recital programme. I have never heard Charles perform before, so it was a complete surprise for me. When I entered the room, I saw about 50 South Town boys, all supporting Charles and waiting for him to begin.

The first piece was “Habanera”, where Charles played saxophone and Mr Hills accompanied him on the piano. It was a very interesting piece which contained a mixture of jazz and hispanic tunes. The audience seemed to be very intrigued, they were swaying from side to side and it was obvious that they were enjoying the show very much.

Jonah Trenouth and Charles Vaughan

The second piece was accompanied by another Clifton College student, Jonah Trenouth from East Town, who is now in the U6th. I found their duet very moving, it was pure improvisation, but I could see how much the boys were enjoying themselves. I was also glad to see that every single South Town boy was captivated and could feel the music. The jamming was brilliant, and I am looking forward to seeing Jonah and Charles perform together again.

The third and final piece that was performed by Charles Vaughan was “Summertime”, which he played on the piano. This song was composed by George Gershwin in 1935 and was covered by amazing musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and my personal favourite — Janis Joplin. Iin choosing this song, Charles had to be very careful, as it is one of those that can easily be spoilt. I am very happy to say, that he played it brilliantly — the whole audience was sitting with their eyes closed and thinking of how easy the living is during the summertime.

I would like to say a big thank you to Charles and wish him all the best. I cannot wait to hear him perform solo again!

3 October 2011

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