Ellesmere College Pupils Excel at Oswestry Music Festival

From Back to Front: Henry Maybury & Catherine Wignall, Afra Ekert and Ami Takahashi, Luke Taylor and John Paul

At this year's Oswestry Music Festival, Ellesmere College was the best represented school. This week, Roger Paul, Director of Music, his team of music teachers and the pupils have been celebrating the success of their achievements.


First place was achieved by The Chapel Choir for the Youth Choir class, ages 19 and under. They won the Harry Moore-Bridger Memorial Cup. Commenting on the Choir's success, Roger Paul said, 'After much rehearsing together, the students' hard work resulted in performances which impressed the adjudicator with the skill and enthusiasm in their singing.'


Year 12 student, Afra Ekert, achieved first place in the Woodwind Solo ages 19 and under as well as the Woodwind Solo ages 25 and under classes. Afra, an oboe player, won the prestigious award of the Oswestry & District Arts Association Cup. Year 12 pupil, Henry Maybury, a talented singer, won the Vocal Solo ages 19 and under and Ami Takahashi in Year 11 won the Piano Solo ages 19 and under class. Two Year 9 boys, John Paul, 'cello and Luke Taylor, violin were the winners of the Instrumental Duet ages 15 and under.


Numerous second places were also won. Year 11 pupil, Michael Brown, achieved second place in the Vocal Solo ages 15 and under class. Naomi Craig in Year 7, a talented saxophonist and violin player, Solo Beginners ages 12 and under class as well as the Solo Strings aged 12 and under. Twelve-year-old Alice Tow in Year 8 came second in the Solo Piano ages 15 and under and eight-year-old Elizabeth Walsh second in the Solo Strings aged 9 and under. The Scholars Ensemble came second in the Instrumental Ensemble ages 19 and under, as did the Lower School Choir in the Youth Choir age 12 and under.


Afra Ekert won third place in the Vocal Solo ages 19 and under class and Daisy Clarke, Vocal Solo ages 15 and under. Lower School pupils, Tabitha Bardsley in Year 8 also took third position in the Violin Solo ages 15 and under and Year 7 pupils, Emily Roberts & Naomi Craig, achieved joint third in the Woodwind Solo age 12 and under.


Roger Paul added, 'As well as performing, the Ellesmere pupils enjoyed meeting and listening to performers from other schools. It was also immensely useful for them to receive such encouraging feedback from the adjudicators.'


Ellesmere College welcomes scholarship applications from talented musical pupils. A number of the School's current Music Scholars will be playing in the ensemble accompanying the Ellesmere College Choral Society in their performance of Handel's Messiah which will take place at the School on Saturday 14th March. Gaenor Ellis, the School's Singing Teacher, will be one of the soloists.

12th March 2009  Back to News