Boys Show Breadth and Depth of Musical Talent
Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Over 400 boys - that is almost half the boys' senior school - took part in this year's Young Musician of the Year competition at Bolton School Boys' Division.
As ever, the quality of entrants was outstanding and all of those performing in this year's final were already winners - each of the seven Junior finalists and seven Senior finalists having already won their instrumental category. For the past month boys have been performing in heats in class music lessons and at lunchtimes in the disciplines of brass, guitar, piano, percussion, strings, voice and woodwind.
On the night, each boy performed on stage in the Great Hall in front of a large audience of parents and, as winners, all the boys took a trophy home with them. However, there was also a prize for the overall best performance in the Senior category and in the Junior category - not an easy competition to judge given the range of disciplines but the job was done admirably by Director of Music from Yarm School, Mr Keith Brown.
As close as it was, this year's Senior School Musician of the Year award went to Sixth Form student Ben Dilworth for his percussion piece. The Junior Young Musician of the Year was Joe Keegan, a Year 9 student, who performed some wonderful singing. The Most Promising Performer award went to Harry Ofield, Year 11. This award recognises a strong contestant from the semi-final who did not quite make it to the final.
Awards were also given for Composers of the Year. Two awards were given in the Senior Section - both to Year 11 boys, Toby Cowling and Adam Wan. The Junior Composer of the Year was Tom Fines, a Year 9 pupil.
After thanking the boys, the music staff and the judges, Headmaster Mr Philip Britton, said: "Tonight has once again demonstrated the strength of music within Bolton School and one more example of the breadth of extra-curricular activity that takes place here."