Thursday, 09 February 2017
The Girls’ Division Music Festival took place over the course of two days, allowing pupils in Years 7 to 13 to perform on a wide range of instruments. There were lots of different classes, including piano and organ, strings, brass, woodwind and voice, and some new categories such as ‘open mic’ to tempt even more performers to come forward.
Almost 100 entrants came forward and the variety of performances, ranging from classical to contemporary music played on instruments from the organ to the ukulele, showed the diversity of talent within the School.
Girls’ Division Director of Music Mrs Andrea Price offered her congratulations to all the musicians and said, “We enjoyed two days of fantastic performances from the Senior Girls, and our adjudicator was extremely impressed with the girls’ talent, ability and preparation. This year, our adjudicator was Les Pratt, a BBC Radio 3 producer who listened to all of the performances and gave the girls some valuable feedback and advice.”
Mr Pratt is based at Media City in Salford and has worked for Radio 3 for nearly eighteen years. He currently produces programmes such as the Early Music Show, Sound of Cinema, Saturday Classics, In Tune and Weekend Breakfast, along with a host of live orchestral and chamber concerts from all over the UK. He is also one of the creators of the BBC Ten Pieces project for primary and secondary schools.
Caroline Blair particularly impressed Mr Pratt with her excellent vocal and piano performances and so was presented with the Carter Cup, a new award for an Outstanding musician. Lucy Stiles also performed to a high standard and was given the Most Promising Musician Award.
Each category celebrated both placed winners and highly commended places. Mr Pratt was so impressed with the girls’ performances that he had many difficult decisions to make, which resulted in several joint places.
On Wednesday 8th February, the Music Festival Celebration Concert was held, in which winners and those invited to perform by the adjudicator showcased their talents to an audience. This fantastic concert, with an exceptionally high standard of musicianship.
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