Oswestry Music Festival

Pupils from Ellesmere College have a tradition of success in the Oswestry Music Festival, and this year again saw some wonderful performances and results.

Lower School Pupils gained many triumphs. Harriet Ballantyne (Clive) won the 12 and Under Brass Solo Class, in which there were 19 competitors, and played in the Prizewinners; Concert on the Sunday afternoon. Harriet received a "Commended' Certificate for her playing. Also in the same Class, Hamish Clifton (Loppington)and Thomas Carr (Cockshutt) both played well and were awarded "Merit' Certificates.

There was more success in the 12 and Under Vocal Solo. This was won by Sam Clewlow (Ellesmere), who performed "Where is Love?' from "Oliver'. Sam was also awarded a "Commended' Certificate. Elliot Clifton (Loppington) and Rosie Pinches (Shawbury) also sang well, and received very encouraging marks.

In the 12 and Under Piano Solo Class, Harriet Ballantyne and Millie Evans (Oswestry) were both awarded "Commended' Certificates playing pieces of their own choice; Rowan Dell (Oswestry) was also "Commended' and went on to win the Class, with a splendid performance of the test piece "Tip-Toe Tango'

Upper School pupils also did well in the festival. Josh Ballantyne (Clive) was awarded a "Commended' in the 17 and under Brass Solo; and Nicholas Kenny (Powys) came third in the 15 and Under Vocal Solo with a "Commended', Jenny Rossiter was awarded a "Merit' as runner up in the 19 and Under Solo Vocal Class.

In the evening competitions Rachel Harrison (Ellesmere)was awarded a "Merit' Certificate in the 17 and Under Woodwind Solo Class. Jack Swanston (Ellesmere) and Samantha Lamberton (Dudleston) competed in both the 17 and Under, and 25 and Under Woodwind Solo. Jack came third (Commended) and Samantha second (Distinction) in the 17 and Under. In the 25 and Under, both were awarded "Commendations', with Samantha being declared the overall winner. This meant that she had to take part in the Finalists' Competition to decide the overall Winner of the Festival. The title was eventually awarded to another competitor, but the Adjudicators commended Samantha on the warmth of her tone and expressive playing.

11th March 2003  Back to News