Students from Richard Lander School took part in the County Music Festival (March 15th – 19th) and came away with trophies, certificates and high praise for their outstanding level of music making.
Many students had individual successes in solo instrumental classes including Josephine Cowley who came first in two of the piano classes, with an ‘Outstanding’ grade in both also performing in the piano Concerto class. Josephine also won the Rosemary Hereford Shield for the best piano solo performance of the week. Izzy Hopton won the Woolcock Shield for the best solo recorder performance of the week.
Ben Keast won the recorder Sonata class with 90 marks and another Outstanding grade.
Students also worked hard to pull together pieces for the duet and trio recorder classes – in which Richard Lander School won everything!
Sophie Winfield won her piano solo class and came second in her flute solo class.
Taverner Choir rehearsed really hard to learn a new piece for the music festival and gave a good rendition of the piece by Palestrina in Latin. They then sang the ‘Les Mis’ arrangement that they performed at the School Showcase. The adjudicator was so impressed by them and the other choirs that he said he had never heard such an amazingly high standard of choirs all in one class! Taverner were awarded a Distinction mark and should be very pleased with their performance!
The school Jazz Band performed early on Friday morning. The adjudicator was so impressed with their performance that she felt she couldn’t offer any advice for improvement – she just sat, listened and enjoyed all three pieces. She awarded them 90 marks and an Outstanding, which is a first for the band since it started over eleven years ago.
Following on from Terpsichore’s brilliant performance at the ‘Music for Youth’ competition, they gained 90 marks (Outstanding) at the County Music Festival. They performed so well in the competition that they were asked by the adjudicator to perform in the Gala Concert – a real honour!
During the Gala Concert, additional awards were given out for the best performances of the week and Terpsichore were presented with the Lightbown Cup for the best ensemble, band or orchestra of the week.
A fantastic week of music making! All the students that took part should be VERY pleased with themselves.
A big thank you to all the parents, friends and relatives that came to listen to us during the week – it’s great to have support in the audience!
Mrs S Whomersley