Current and former Ellesmere
College students struck the right chord with judges in another strong showing
at Oswestry Youth Music Festival.
The festival, which has been
running for more than 40 years, saw Ellesmere College collect 20 first places (22 if including Old Ellesmerians!) and a total of 40 seconds and
thirds making them the most successful school at this year's festival!
It was held at three venues in the
town between March 1 and 5 and attracted more than 450 entrants across more
than 80 classes, including woodwind, string, piano, brass, instrumental,
percussion, vocal, choir and band.
Tony Coupe, Director of Music at
Ellesmere College, said: "Huge congratulations to all the students taking part
and performing in this year's festival and thanks go to all those who came and
supported them through the five days of competition.
"What was particularly special
about this year's festival was the breadth of classes that our students took
part in. Having established a rock band programme at the start of the year,
seeing them perform in the fantastic atmosphere of the Hermon Chapel, with our
6th Form Band coming 1st, was a huge highlight."
Image courtesy of Stonehouse Photographic.
"Special thanks go to Kevin
Whitley, Gaenor Ellis, Simon Fisher, Rebecca Paul, Zoe Fisher and Clare Pearce
for putting so much time into supporting, preparing and looking after our
students and of course to our brilliant students who performed to the highest
"There were some notable
performances, including Walker Music Scholar Molly Fry who produced a beautiful
programme on the clarinet on her way to winning the Under 21 Woodwind Class.
There will be an opportunity to hear Molly perform her Gershwin set at our Five
Choirs Concert at Ellesmere College on April 21st.
"Isobel Philbin sang Se Tu M'Ami
with great character, clarity and poise in the 12 and Under final, Kit Fisher
performed on the Drum Kit for both the 12 and Under and 15 and Under finals
with a maturity and refinement well beyond his years, and the Oswestry Town
Council Cup, won by Old Ellesmerian Jakob Fradley last year, went to Old
Ellesmerian Kizzy Lumley-Edwards this year."
"In developing music to a high
standard and encouraging students to enjoy their performances, Ellesmere is the
perfect place for the holistic development of musicians."
The next opportunity to hear the
award-winning choirs of Ellesmere College is on 18th March in the
College Chapel at 7.30pm, ahead of their
forthcoming tour of Barcelona, where they will be singing in such prestigious
locations such as the La Familia Sagrada, Barcelona Cathedral and Montserrat Monastery.
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Scholarships at Ellesmere College
Vocal Solo Classical &
Rose Pinches Trophy, Isobel Philbin, 1st; Eva Ford, 3rd. Vocal Solo Pop & Easy Listening, The Music MOB Award, Henry
Hughes, 1st; Isabella New, 2nd; Eva Ford, 3rd. The Rowanthorn Trophy, Noah
Fisher, 2nd; Holly Coupe, 3rd. The Cluett Watkis Memorial Salver, Charlie Wood,
1st; Huw Lloyd and Noah Fisher, joint 2nd. Vocal
Solo, The Way Ahead Senior Trophy, Lewis Reardon, 1st. The Dario Silcock
Cup, Huw Lloyd, 1st; Lewis Reardon, 2nd; Olivia Philbin, 3rd. The Turner
Trophy, Kizzy Lumley-Edwards, 1st; Huw Lloyd, 2nd. Vocal Duet, The Dinnis Ford Trophy, Molly Fry and Lucy Conway, 2nd;
Molly Fry and Tabitha Leonard, 3rd. Oratorio,
The Stans Superstore Vocal Award, Olivia Philbin, 1st. Opera, The Rotary Club of Oswestry Trophy, Kizzy Lumley-Edwards,
1st; Lucy Conway and Olivia Philbin joint 2nd.
Unaccompanied Folk Song, The Mary Cruikshank Trophy, Lucy
The Way Ahead Junior Trophy, Eva Ford, 3rd. The Elaine Channon Trophy, Mini Uras-Garvin, 3rd.
The Weston Pools Trophy, Huw Lloyd, 1st; Lewis Reardon, 2nd; Charlie Wood, 3rd.
Musical Theatre Ensemble, The Fixauto Award, Ellesmere Lower School, 2nd.
The Olympic Trophy, Molly Fry, 2nd. The Oswestry & District Arts
Association Cup, Molly Fry, 1st.
Drum Kit Solo,
The Kynaston Award, Kit Fisher, 1st; Isobel Philbin, 3rd. The Bowen Son &
Watson Shield, Kit Fisher, 1st. The Claire Stone Award, Noah Fisher, 1st. Drum Kit Solo With Backing Track, The
Paradiddle Trophy, Freddie Heasmer-Jones and Kit Fisher, joint 2nd; Josh
Philbin, 3rd. The Stans Superstore Award, Noah Fisher, 1st.
String Solo, The
Leondari Award, Florence Hughes, 3rd. The Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee
Cup, Alex Hu, 2nd; Freddie Heasmer Jones, 3rd.
The Melody & Metal Cup, Alex Hu and Lucinda Bound, 2nd;
Kyara Heward and Ellie Kimber, joint 3rd with Alex Hu and Aaron Heward. The
Stans Superstore Award, Molly Fry and Tabby Kimber, 1st.
The Hermon Chapel Award, Fingers in the Sky, 1st; Small Furry
Piano Duet, The
Hawksley Award, Kyara and Aaron Heward, 1st. Piano Solo, The Edith May Jones Cup, Aaron Heward and William
Donaghy, joint 3rd. Beginner Solo,
The Richard Bean Memorial Trophy, Francesca Haydon, 3rd.
Brass solo, The
Vernon Carter Memorial trophy, Henry Hughes, 2nd.
The Brian Stone Trophy, Ellesmere Dynamic Drummers, 1st. Instrumental ensemble, The Med Aid Award, Ellesmere College Lower
School Band, 2nd.
Ensemble, The Whittington Chamber Music Festival Trophy, Ellesmere
Instrumental Ensemble, 3rd. Vocal
Ensemble, The David Davies Memorial Trophy, The Raven Four, 1st.
The High Sheriff Award, Ellesmere Senior Orchestra, 1st.
Youth Choir, The
Peter Starbuck Cup, Ellesmere Lower School, 3rd. The Wilfred Owen Cup,
Ellesmere College Youth Choir, 3rd. The Matt Dewhirst Cup, Ellesmere College
Chamber Choir, 1st; Ellesmere College Chapel Choir, 2nd. The Hawksley Award,
Aaron and Kyara Heward, 1st.
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