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Girls Celebrate Musical Talents With Concert

Monday, 02 March 2015

The second Senior Girls’ Music Festival took place before half term, allowing girls from across the School to demonstrate their musical talents. The two-day event was even larger than before and built on the success of last year’s Festival.

As well as the Senior and Middle School competitions, several of the larger sections were divided by grade level this time. In addition to Orchestral Strings, Piano, Woodwind, Brass and Voice, new sections were also added, including Ensembles, Percussion and Guitar groups. This ensured that all Girls’ Division musicians had the opportunity to take part. Mrs Andrea Price, the Girls’ Division Head of Music, provided piano accompaniment to girls where required.

The adjudicator for the event was Mr Phillip Goodwin. An accomplished Tuba player, Mr Goodwin also plays a variety of other instruments and is a member of the Black Dyke Band, one of the oldest and best-known bands in the world. Across the two days, he gave valuable written and verbal feedback to the girls following their performances.

The girls really enjoyed taking part in the Festival, and found the specific feedback on their performance from Mr Goodwin very helpful, as it will be useful in allowing them to improve in future. They each received a certificate on the day to commemorate their participation.

The winners in each category went on to perform at a Celebration Concert. Girls from Years 7 to 13 were involved and played a wide variety of pieces over the course of the evening from Vivaldi movements to more modern compositions such as ‘Boogalie-Woogalie’ by Keith Bartlett.  An additional four prizes were awarded on the night to girls who had made an outstanding contribution to the Festival. These girls were Year 8 pupils Sally Cowling and Lucy Stiles, and Vasudha Marthi and Zoe Stirzaker in Year 11.

The Celebration Concert was a fantastic evening for everyone involved and made for the perfect finale to the Music Festival.

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The girls selected to perform at the Celebration Concert

The girls selected to perform at the Celebration Concert

Year 8 pupil Antigone won the Middle School Brass section

Year 8 pupil Antigone won the Middle School Brass section

The Ensembles category was won by the Clarinet Choir

The Ensembles category was won by the Clarinet Choir