Solo Singing Competition

This week 39 pupils sang in the finals of the annual Solo Singing Competition. Following a rigorous round of auditions, the standard was extremely high. All 39 should be commended for having the courage to stand in front of their peers and visitors and sing! We were extremely fortunate to have as our adjudicator this year OD Emma Brain, who gave very helpful and incisive comments throughout the course of the competition.

There were some lovely performances during the course of the afternoon from 26 pupils in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories and the cups were won by Grace Billington for Junior, Niamh Allen for Intermediate and Rachel Hellier for Senior. Runners-up were Henry Jordan, Megan John, Pippa Salisbury, Lucy Humphreys, Beth Rogers, Alastair Klemz, Lily Talbot and Tom Richardson.

After supper the audience was treated to 10 show songs of varying character. The cup was won by Lily Talbot singing ‘I’m Calm’ by Sondheim, with Niamh Allen and Nathan Kenshall as second and third respectively. A most enjoyable class.

Song Recital Trophy

Three pupils competed for this prestigious trophy – Matthew Moorhouse, Oscar Richardson and Beatrice Bennett. All three impressed with their maturity, preparation, sound and musicality. The trophy was won by Oscar who sang with total conviction and exact awareness of the composers’ intentions.