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Girls Hit The Right Note With Music Festival

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

In the last week before the half term holiday, the Junior Girls’ Music Festival took place. This annual occasion is always eagerly anticipated by pupils and staff alike as the opportunity to celebrate the musical talents of the pupils at Hesketh House.

Every girl in the school was given the opportunity to take part, either as a performer or as a member of the audience. The first day of the Music Festival was dedicated to piano recitals, while instrumental, voice and ensemble performers took to the stage on the second day.

Throughout both days, parents an grandparents joined pupils in the Hall to watch and enjoy the wonderful music. Year 6 pupils Sarah Al-Falahi and Isha Nunkoo said, “On this special occasion everyone got an opportunity to take part and reveal their musical talents. Some people sang, but others played musical instruments such as the piano, violin, cello and even the drums – we loved it!”

Hesketh House also welcomed two adjudicators to the event. Retired teacher and experienced adjudicator Mrs Catherine Hilton, a pianist and organist who also enjoys singing, was in charge of judging the piano performances. Ms Liz Forrest was the adjudicator on the second day. She worked for many years in the String Department of Bolton Music Service, and has experience of working with the Federation of Music Festival Adjudicators; she still takes an active role in adjudicating at events such as the Rotary Young Musician competitions. Both were therefore perfect choices to select the first, second and third place musicians in each year group.

Every girl who entered the competition received a certificate commemorating her participation as well as feedback from the adjudicator. All of the girls who took first place have been invited to perform at the Junior Girls’ Celebratory Concert at the end of February.

To listen to a performance by ‘The Beats’, one of the ensembles who took part in the Junior Girls’ Music Festival, click here to visit the School's Soundcloud page or press the play button below.

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The winners of the Year 3 Piano competition with Mrs Hilton

The winners of the Year 3 Piano competition with Mrs Hilton

All of the Year 6 pianists who took part in the Music Festival

All of the Year 6 pianists who took part in the Music Festival

Ms Forrest with the Year 5 Instrumental winners

Ms Forrest with the Year 5 Instrumental winners