College Musicians In Tune With Judges

Ellesmere College was the best represented school at the recent Oswestry Youth Music Festival and students enjoyed success across the board

Talented musicians competed against 250 participants in 75 different classes from piano, woodwind, brass and strings to vocal classes at the festival, which is well established in the County's music calendar, attracting entries from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales.

The Chapel Choir were successful in the Youth under 21 category and the Senior Orchestra won The High Sheriffs Award for their performance of Trepak from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and the Overture to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.

Pupils were also successful in both Woodwind categories. The Quartet were triumphant in the Chamber Music 18 and under group, before the Ensemble secured the 15 and under MedAid Award, for their performance of Kananaskis by Brad Robert.

Individual honours went to Harry Fradley, 16, who won the Woodwind Solo 21 and under with his performance of Fantasiestucke - Shumann Op. 73 and Sonata Op.120 No2 by Brahms and the Vocal Solo with My Love is Like a Red Red Rose.

Matthew Dewhurst, aged 9, won the Gap Personnel Trophy with his piano solo 'Ping Pong' by Wedgwood.

Tony Coupe, Director of Music, said "I am so proud of all our outstanding achievements at the Youth Music Festival. As individuals and as ensembles they rose to the occasion ensuring great success across the board. I intend to build on from this success through the development of a musical culture at the school that is focused on passion, enjoyment and hard work. A number of the College's current music scholars played at the weekend's event, which goes to show that if you have the passion and the right setting you can achieve some excellent results."

17th March 2015  Back to News