b'THE ELLESMERIAN The Oswestry Music FestivalStudents and former students competed with great success once again at the Oswestry Youth Music Festival - competing in 34 of the 7471classes, winning 19 and achieving 59 out of 84 1st, 2nd or 3rd places.The college traditionally performs particularly well in Vocal classes and this year won the 12, 15, 18 and Under classes as well as Under 16 and 21 Youth Choir classes with the Lower School Choir and Chapel Choir. Singers Charlie Wood and Huw Lloyd took first and second place in the 18 and Unders with Lewis Reardon and Amy Storey-Gibbons taking joint third place. Ellesmere instrumentalists also In the 15 and Under class, Noah Fisher gained first place with Your Song by Elton John and Duarte Gomez came in third when he becameimpressed.the first rapper in the Festivals history. Isobel Philbin won both the Own Choice and Musical Theatre 12 and Under classes with You RaiseMolly Fry (Year 12) won both the 18 and Under, and 21 and Under Me Up and On My Own respectively. classes for Brass, and Freddie Heasmer-Jones performed a beautiful rendition of Memory from Cats to win the 15 and Under Strings In the 18 and Under Musical Theatre class, Kizzy Lumley-Edwards(OE)class. Alex Hu showed great maturity in his playing winning both the took first place, Huw Lloyd, came second with Proud of Your Boy from12 and Under Strings and in teaming up with Lucinda Bound of Aladdin, and Amy Storey-Gibbons came third.Oswestry to win the instrumental duet category for students for 12 and Under class. Kit Fisher won the 12 and Under Drumkit class with We were delighted to see Old Ellesmerian Jakob Fradley take 1st placehis rendition of Come Together and Jack Arrowsmith played brilliantly in the 21 and Under class and then go on to win the Oswestry Townto secure the 21 and Under Drumkit with Backing Track. Council Cup with a brilliant performance of The Green Eyed Dragon by Finley and Drake.The Lower School Band brought the Festival to life with their performance of Shake It Off by Taylor Swift and the Senior Robyn Welti and Anouska Newton (Year 13) won the vocal duet 21Orchestra performed a medley from Les Miserables, both securing and under class with an impressive performance of Songbird by Evawins in their classes.CassidyEllesmere performed outstandingly well achieving 19 First Places and The Lower School Choir performed with huge energy singing The Baremaking up 6 of the 14 finalists in the Champions Concert on the final Necessities and Im a Believer,and the Chapel Choirs performance ofday. It was a delight to hear live music once again and our thanks go Mr Blue Sky was electrifying, ensuring wins for both choirs. to Sue Turner and the stewards for organising the Festival. APC'