Ellesmere was the best represented school at the recent Oswestry Youth Music Festival, which was held at the Oswestry Methodist Church, Christchurch and Holy Trinity. Talented musicians competed against 250 participants in 75 different classes from piano, woodwind, brass and strings to vocal classes.
Pupils achieved an impressive set of results, including eleven first places, six second and one third at the festival, which is well established in the County's music calendar, attracting entries from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales.
Both the Chapel and Lower School Choirs were successful in the Under 21 and Under 16 categories, the latter of which were a group of students from the school whose average age was just 12 years old. The Senior Orchestra won the under 25 Youth Orchestra category and the Clarinet Quartet won The Whittington Chamber Music prize against entries from the Porthywaen Silver Band.
Individual honours went to Lily Wilson (who won the Vocal Solo Test Piece), Harry Fradley (Woodwind Solo Own Choice), Isabel Ward (Vocal Solo Folk Song), William Ainge (Piano Solo Test Piece), Matthew Dewhurst (Piano Solo), Alice Tow (Opera) and John Leadbeater (Drumkit Solo).
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."
5th March 2014 Back to News