Music Festival showcases superb musical talents

Musical pupils from first year to the sixth form enthralled visitors at this year’s senior school Music Festival.

The whole day even saw superb solo and ensemble performances from pupils on a range of instruments in the Hallam Hall.

The action got underway in the morning with pupils in the first year competing against each other. Ben Wood picked up first place with his rendition of Lefèvre’s ‘Sonata No 1’ on the clarinet whilst Olivia Dow on the cello and Talia Zelhof on the piano secured commendations.

In the second year, Daniel Vincent impressed as he played ‘Allegro, Concerto in Two Movements’ by Mozart on the euphonium to win the contest. Will Insley on the guitar and Oscar Williams on the violin were also commended.

Zoe Shah’s ‘Movement 1, Violin Concerto in G’ by Haydn picked up the top prize in the third year category with commendations going to Matthew Howling on the clarinet and George Zelhof on the piano.

In the junior vocal competition the winner was ‘She’s Like The Swallow’ by Ella Moran with Lucy Grundy, Seb Green and Joshua Furtado-Mendes all being commended. In the junior ensemble contest Lucy Grundy, Lola Gurton, Zoe Hon and Emily Hull won with their version of Miranda’s ‘How Far I’ll Go’. The ensembles of Joshua Furtado-Mendes, Oscar Williams and George Zelhof; and Holly Buckley, Lydia Johnson and Grace Shropshire picked up commendations.

The most promising lower school musician title went to third year pupil Joshua Furtado-Mendes.

In the afternoon session it was the turn of pupils in fourth and fifth year to demonstrate their masterful musical ability.

Sonu Thomas’ piano interpretation of ‘Willy Wagglestick’s Walkabout’ secured first place in the instrumental solo contest with Alex Pollard on the violin and Lauryn Howard on the flute bagging commendations.

In the vocal solos Lauryn Suddards was victorious as she sang ‘Stormy Weather’ by Arlen and Koehler. Niamh Johnson and Andy Goodwin were commended.

In the evening session sixth form pupils wowed the audience in the Hallam Hall. Alex Jones’ ‘Kicho’ by Piazzolla on the double bass won with commendations handed to Joanna Brown on the oboe, Georgia Curwen with the sax, Sam Howard on guitar and Elsa Shah on the violin.

Emily Howling won the vocal solo with Minchin’s ‘Loud’ and Georgia Curwen was commended.

Sisters Elsa and Zoe Shah picked up the senior ensemble crown with ‘Slavonic Dance in E Minor’ by Dvorak and Joanna Brown, Pippa Brown, Lauryn Howard, Jess Lloyd and Paar Singh were commended.

There were also a number of cups that were handed out at the culmination of the festival. These were:

  • Wind and Brass Cup – Joanna Brown – Oboe
  • String Cup – Alex Jones – Double Bass
  • Pianoforte Cup – George Zelhof
  • Flute Cup – Jess Lloyd
  • Adjudicator’s Cup – Alex Jones

Thank you to Mr Robert Carey, Director of Music at Manchester Grammar School, who judged the competition.

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