Martin Clare
Music Fund

Concert Photos from
Farmor's School, Fairford
June 2018

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The Martin Clare Bursary Concert was held at the Forum Arts Studio on Wednesday 27 June 2018:


Gavotte (Telemann), I'm Just a Girl who Can't Say No (Rodgers)


Kozani (trad Greek)


Fiddle folk tunes selection, ending with Orange Blossom Special (Rouse)


Losing my Mind (Sondheim), In Summer from Frozen (Anderson-Lopez/Lopez)

Here, Now, Anyway
(Bateman), Humanise (Bateman), If Your Heart is Beating (Bateman), Seaside (Bateman)


Linden Lea (Barnes/Vaughan Williams) Don't Get Around Much Any More (Ellington/Russell)
Feels Like Home
(Newman), One (Hamlisch), Sway (Demetrio), Louisiana 1927 (Newman)
Up to the Mountain
(Griffin), You've Got a Friend (King)

Snaps by Linda Clare (struggling with low light!), captions by Nicky Turner

Farmor's Singers about to sing Linden Lea. Louise Matley (Head of Music) amused,
and Kate Hicks Beach in charge. Singers include past and present staff, pupils, governors, friends

Further attentive Farmor's Singers

Louise 'I won prizes for sight reading, you know' Matley at the piano

On viola, Lydia (Year 11 recipient of the Martin Fund)
Grade III distinction and a veteran of eighteen months of lessons

Seth Bye, having just finished at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a First in Music and Music Tech. Seth has been
playing folk fiddle, viola, accordion, bass etc since he was about fourteen; he's an ex-Martin Fund recipient

Seth entertained with a superb set finishing with Orange Blossom Special
Click here for one of his bands

Choir looking marginally more professional


 Harrison, singer: current pupil and recipient of Martin Fund.  Only in Year 9, yet more voice and panache
than you can possibly imagine ... West End soon

Henry Bateman, another Martin Fund person.  Chorister to guitarist, singer-
songwriter and pianist:
another huge talent and all-round lovely person

Henry has just finished at Leeds College of Music (another First, in Popular Music Composition)
Click here for Henry's Bandcamp page, here for Roof

That lot again – singing with Kate is just too much fun

Nick Clare chats to his former English teacher Clare – he's already apologised
to his French teacher for his bad behaviour in Year 9

Half-time refreshments and Tani Phillips – singer, singing teacher and parent of a jazz pianist

Parents, colleagues and past colleagues ...

 ... and Bob Marley and Miles Davis

Billy (Year 7), with the tall tumbler: we nearly got him to sing. He has a lovely voice

Long interval and much to catch up on

Looking even more attentive.

Barry. Jean and Lisa

Nicky Turner, Sheila 'dancing' Veuve and Sue Futtu

Louise in relaxed mode, talking about her pupils

Will, Year 12 violinist and current Martin pupil, rather worried about following Seth.
He is taking his Grade VI in July

Will playing Kozani, a Greek tune


Nicky, with her fig tree, feeling rather overwhelmed by the whole experience. She writes:

'The concert was also, rather unexpectedly and delightfully, hijacked by Kate and Louise to become 'Nicky's concert'. 
After about thirty years’ teaching History (mostly) at Farmor's I am retiring in a few weeks. 
It was wonderful to see so many friends, colleagues, ex-colleagues, family, pupils, ex-pupils, parents there. 
It was a truly memorable occasion, and combined everything that I think makes the school so special:
a wonderful mix of informality and burgeoning talent … Louise always creates the best of atmospheres. 
Thank you to all who played, sang, attended: it made me feel very special and we raised an amazing amount
towards the next generation of musicians at Farmor's School via the Martin Clare Fund. 
I rather think I shall be sneaking back to sing with the choir!'

That's all, folks ... until 17 July, when Henry Bateman and Seth Bye (see above) jointly head a concert featuring their own music, with members of each man's band

The Martin Clare Music Fund was set up in memory of Martin Clare, a local teacher of flute, guitar and piano, whose sons both went to Farmor’s School, and carry on his passion for music. The idea is to make awards to students who show a passion for learning an instrument and who contribute to the musical life of the school. Martin's widow Nicky, pictured above, also has a long association with the school primarily through working in its History Department.

Thank you for coming to the concert in such good numbers: we raised £602 for the Fund ... good work, everyone!  


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