Such Musical Talent in this School
Wednesday, 07 February 2018
Expertly organised by Mrs Ives, Park Road’s annual Music Festival saw a large parental audience enjoy two days of intensive music-making. In a busy programme, a large number of Junior Boys from across all age groups impressed in a wide range of instrumental and vocal categories, including piano, guitar, recorder, percussion, solo and duet vocals, woodwind and brass, violin and cello.
The entire festival was impressively adjudicated by Mr John Powell, an associate at the Royal College of Music and former teacher at Chetham’s School of Music. In summation, he said: “Two long days of music-making comes to an end on a very high note. There is such talent in this school across such a variety of music. I wait with baited breath to see how it develops – I think some of you will go on to create some wonderful musical experiences in life!”
The festival of music culminated with the ensembles class and included some skilfully delivered and arresting re-imaginings of favourite household tunes. Mr Powell awarded Merit marks to the Percussion Ensemble for their 'Question and Answer' and 'Football Fun' pieces and to the Strings Group for their 'Olga Square Dance' and 'We Will Rock You' interpretations. Offering advice, he told the percussion ensemble to remember to keep the speed consistent when you change volume. He praised the Strings Group for watching the conductor brilliantly and gave them a tip that if you want to get a loud stamp, the shorter the distance of the foot to the ground the better! Second place in the Ensembles category went to the Tuned Percussion Group who played 'Der Hase und der Igel' which “felt like fun” and was performed with “great spirit”. First place went to the Guitar Group with their rendition of the 'Skye Boat Song', which was “a lovely tune, well played.” Praise also went to the three-man Wind Band, who achieved remarkably good balance, pace and rhythm in their playing of 'One Last Glance'; to the Recorder Group for the relaxation in the way they played the 'Match of the Day' theme tune; and to the Guitar Ensemble for their very sophisticated rendering of 'April Shower'. The best individual performance over the two days went to guitarist Riley Ng, who "played out" the audience at the end of the final afternoon.
Each performer was given individual, constructive feedback and a certificate, with the prize winners additionally receiving trophies. The support of music teachers helped to make the two-day Music Festival such a huge success.
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