Clifton College has unveiled it’s musical star of it’s Concert on the Close, which takes place on Friday 6 July.
Soul diva Jocelyn Brown will play some of her latest R&B songs and top ten hits including “Always There” and “Somebody Else’s Guy”. She is one of four celebrity headline acts, who will be lighting up the Bristol skyline at the city’s musical extravaganza, ‘Concert on the Close: Around the World in 150 Minutes.’
Spanning several decades, Jocelyn’s singing career started as a young child, growing up in a very musical and religious family in Kingston USA. With a background deeply rooted in Gospel, the singing sensation went on to lead vocals behind several timeless disco classics including ‘Keep on Jumping’. As Jocelyn’s power packed vocals hit the airwaves, it wasn’t long before her soulful, impassioned voice was sought by a plethora of international artists, including Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Chic, George Benson, Roberta Flack, Incognito, Lou Reed, Todd Terry, Steve Winwood and John Lennon, to name but a few. Many will know Jocelyn’s soaring vocal, sampled on the classic 90’s hit “I’ve Got the Power” by Snap. From Soul and R&B to Gospel, Dance, Pop, House, Disco and even Opera, Jocelyn is one of the most versatile and respected vocalists in the industry and continues to write, record and perform all over the world today.
The spectacular evening, held at Clifton College, is expected to attract a crowd of 20,000 music fans and is hotly tipped as the ‘biggest music event the city will see this summer’. Taking to the stage will be world famous artists uniting to celebrate the School’s 150th anniversary with an eclectic mix of music genres. Proceeds from the star-studded concert will go to support the Prince’s Trust, Life for a Cure and the Quartet Community Foundation.
As a special one-off performance to wow the ‘Concert on the Close’ crowd, Jocelyn will be unleashing her inimitable Gospel vocal with a unique performance of ‘He’s got the whole world in his hand’ together with the Bristol Ensemble, the city’s 45 piece professional chamber orchestra, and Clifton music scholars, including violin prodigy and Young Musician of the Year contender, Julia Hwang.
The international music concert will be followed by a sound, light and live performance extravaganza featuring the multi-award winning actor Simon Russell-Beale, described by The Independent as ‘the greatest stage actor of his generation’.
Simon gave his first theatre performance playing Desdemona in Othello at Clifton’s Redgrave Theatre at the age of 14 and will be entertaining crowds as part of a jaw-dropping light and sound spectacular written by Michael Hirst, writer and producer of Elizabeth and The Tudors, and directed by Chris Hunt, producer of the Beyoncé tour. The show will also feature exclusive film footage of former Clifton student, John Cleese, which will be screened for the first time at the event.
The dramatic, sound and light experience will culminate in a breathtaking 3D mapping light show, similar to the Buckingham Palace Jubilee concert. The remarkable 3D mapping grand finale will fully illuminate Clifton in a blaze of extraordinary special effects and lighting mastery, set to live music. The remaining headliners will be revealed in the coming weeks.
For further details and tickets please see the Events at Clifton website at www.eventsatclifton.com