Congratulations to Sixth Form pupil, Janice Ng, who has been awarded The Keith Nutland Memorial Award. The competition was set up 24 years ago by Daphne Nutland in memory of her husband, Keith, treasurer of the Performing Arts Festival. It is a prize of £1000 for the Festival Young Musician, who must be in Year 13 and either live in or be at school in Gloucestershire. There were eight competitors this year, including Jeff Gao and Janice Ng from Dean Close School, and the standard was extremely high.

Janice gave an exquisite performance of a challenging piece by Liszt – Petrach’s 104th Sonnet, followed by the well-known Clair de Lune by Debussy. The two outstanding performances won her the 2019 Trophy and £1000 in prize money.

This is the fourth time in the past five years that Dean Close musicians have won this award. Previous winners include Louis Morford, Laurence Kilsby and Brenna Tin.