Pupils Excel at Oswestry Music Festival

At this years Oswestry Music Festival, the School was the best represented and this week, Roger Paul, Director of Music, his team of music teachers and the pupils have been celebrating the success of their achievements. Many pupils took part in a variety of classes and age ranges, and achieved an impressive 15 first places.

Particular congratulations should go to those Lower School pupils who achieved 1st, 2nd
 and 3rd place in a number of classes:

  • The Edith May James Cup, for the Piano Solo - 12 and under, was won by Oliver Smith in Year 6.
  • The June Padgett Trophy, for the Vocal Solo - 12 and under was won by Lily Wilson in Year 8 with Year 7 pupils, Caro Hulme and Isabel Ward achieving joint 2nd place and Poppy Clarke, in 3rd place.
  • In the String Solo - 12 and under, Year 6 pupils, Elizabeth Walsh and Oliver Smith, achieved 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
  • The Chairmans Cup for the Beginners Solo 15 and under was won by Year 8 pupil, Richard Walsh, who played the cello.
  • The joint 2nd place winners for the Vocal Solo 15 and under were Year 8 pupil Will Ainge and Year 11 pupil, Daisy Clarke.
  • William Ainge also won the Folk Song class 15 and under.

Senior School pupil Daisy Clarke, singing with Kate Parry, achieved 3rd place in the Vocal Duet 15 and over. Second place in the Operatic Solo 21 and under was won by Year 12 student, Vicky Tadros.

  • Year 9 pupil, Emily Roberts achieved 3rd place for her performance in the Woodwind Solo 15 and under.
  • The winner and runner-up of the String Solo -  15 and under were Muang Luanghvisut in Year 9 and Naomi Craig in Year 8 respectively.
  • Muang Luanghvisut also won The Des West Trophy for his Piano Solo - 15 and under with Year 11 pupil George Fradley achieving 2nd place.
  • George Fradley went onto to win the Piano Solo 18 and under with Year 11 pupil, Mondhana Luanghvisut coming 2nd.
  • George Fradley also won the Piano Sightreading 21 and under.
  • The Drum Kit Solo 15 and under was won by Year 10 pupil, John Leadbeater.
  • Two Year 11 pupils, John Paul and Luke Taylor respectively, achieved 2nd and 3rd place in the String Solo - 18 and under.
  • John Paul and Luke Taylor went on to win the Instrumental Duet - 18 and under.

The Scholars Ensemble won the Churchtown Trophy for their performance in the Instrumental Ensemble class, 18 and under, whilst the Ellesmere College String Group achieved 2nd place in the Chamber Music class, 18 and under.

The Senior School Chapel Choir won the Harry Moore Bridger Memorial cup for the 3rd year running for their performance in the Youth Choir 21 and under class. Commenting on the Choirs success, Roger Paul said, After much rehearsing together, the choir members hard work resulted in a performance which impressed their audience with communication and enthusiasm in their singing.

However, it was Year 11 pupil, and talented cello player, John Paul, who went on to win a further 2 prizes, returning to school with the John Cassin Memorial Trophy for the String Solo 21 and under, the Shelia C. Freeman Regional Prize for cello playing and finally becoming the Overall Senior Festival Winner, being presented with the Oswestry and District Town Council Cup and receiving a 200 bursary.

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

The School welcomes scholarship applications from talented musical pupils. A number of the Schools current Music Scholars will be playing at the forthcoming Lower School Open Morning on Saturday 26th March, between 10am and 12 noon. 

Pictures: Top: John Paul

Middle: Lower School Choir

Bottom: All Successful Pupils

9th March 2011  Back to News