Music Festival success for senior and junior school

Musical pupils in both the senior and junior school had a successful time at the recent Alderley Edge Music Festival.

The senior school’s junior chamber choir, which is comprised of pupils from first to third year, came first in their category and received the Rowell Cup.

They achieved a mark of distinction for their performances of ‘Day by Day’ by Philip Godfrey and ‘Wayfarin’ Stranger’ arr. R. Unterseher which the adjudicator, Sarah Jeffries, said was “thrilling and enjoyable” and delivered with “a wonderful warm, full tone.”

The competition took place in the lovely acoustic of the Festival Hall with Mrs Matthews as the choir’s conductor and Mrs Short accompanying on piano.

The junior school’s choir, which was made up of 37 pupils from years five and six, performed ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’ by John Rutter and ‘Sing a Jubilant Song’ by Dave and Jean Perry as they won their section on their first visit to the festival.

Commenting on the success, music teacher Mrs Ruth Cole said: “The junior choir did an amazing job considering it was their first time here and well done to all of them and to Mr Mills who has been coaching them.”

There was also reason for the junior school’s orchestra to cheer as they came joint first in their section of the festival.

The boys and girls, who tied with King’s School, Macclesfield, performed Bizet’s ‘Habanera’, Handel’s Water Music ‘Minuet’ and Jean Allison’s ‘Beryl’.

The children were delighted to take the top prize and were especially proud that the adjudicator said that she would “pay good money to come and listen to an orchestra of such high standard.”

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