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Tuesday, 11 February 2014
The Junior Music Festival 2014 was a smash hit for all of the Hesketh House girls. Each year-group was allocated a period of time in the Hall, and all of the girls were able to attend the event either as a performer or as part of the audience. Parents were warmly invited to come along and watch their daughters play in front of the school, and so there was a really supportive atmosphere for all the performers throughout.
The Music Festival, which took place on Monday and Tuesday, was filled with wonderful performances. On Monday, the girls performed piano recitals, while Tuesday was an Instrumental Day. A duet class was also added to this year’s programme for some girls whose music teachers had arranged for them to play together!
Adjudicators Jonathan Middleton and Penny Stirling were really impressed with the girls’ music skills on both days.
Mr Middleton said, “Having given master classes at a good many schools over the past few years, and adjudicated at music festivals, I can honestly say that I have not been anywhere where the standard of playing in Years 3 to 6 right across the board was so uniformly high. It is indeed rare to have listened to so many performances in which young children have such a grasp of deep sound and clarity, combined with a clearly instilled sense of rhythm.
“Every single one of the girls played fluently and with a good degree of assuredness, and it made my job for the day both delightfully enjoyable and very difficult, in choosing winners amongst so many fabulous performances.”
Ms Stirling also sang the girls’ praises. “In a lovely relaxed atmosphere I felt the warmth and friendliness of staff and students as well as their enthusiasm for the music. Performances came thick and fast throughout the day and the playing and singing was all of a good standard. As a listener to everyone’s efforts I was impressed by the high levels achieved and it was lovely to see such a good cross-section of instruments represented.”
On both days, first, second and third place were awarded to girls in each year group, as well as to the winning duet pair and the winning ensemble. These girls will perform in the Junior Girls’ Celebratory Concert on Tuesday 11th March. Given the high quality of performances at the Music Festival, this is sure to be a real treat!
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