Musicians from a North Shropshire School recently took part in the Oswestry Music Festival. Music plays a big part of the Ellesmere College life with all pupils having the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
Pupils from the Middle School and Sixth form performed a variety of pieces during the competition, with 14 years old Rosie Pinches, wowed the panel of judges with her beautiful singing voice for which she earned 1st place (Commended) plus she came 1st (Commended) in the U25s category. Nicholas Kenny also took part in the singing competition and received 4th place (Merit) for his efforts.
Michael Langton received a 2nd place, Distinction for his Violin recital. Toby Dell and Samantha Lamberton both awarded a Merit with Toby coming 3rd in his heat.
Rachel Harrison and Toby Bennett both received Merits, Rachel for her Alto Sax playing and Toby for his Oboe.
The Ellesmere School Lower School Choir featured in the Children's Choirs and section and came 3rd with Distinction for their beauty of sound, tone and expressive quality.
Other Lower School pupils who did well were Sam Clewlow and Elizabeth Evans whose singing won them a 2nd Commended position. Paige Rudd was Commended on her singing. Zoe Evans playing the flute gained a Merit and Polly Russell was awarded a Merit for her Trumpet playing.
However, the star pupil in the competition was nine year old Benjamin Britton whose pounding percussion playing earned him a 1st with Distinction and he was awarded the Recorded Music Society Trophy.
Bethan Jones, Music Teacher at Ellesmere College commented: "I was delighted how well all our pupils did in the Festival. Their hard-work and dedication to practicing individually and together really made the difference in their performance on the day. Well done to them all.'
30th March 2005 Back to News