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24 May 2017

​Music Festival and Competition news

In recent weeks, King’s Hall children have had great success at musical events both in the South West and also nationally.

Charlotte Ambler (Year 4) won both the Under 9 Piano Solo class and the Under 9 Composition Class at the Weston-Super-Mare Music Festival.

She was also awarded the Chris Manners’ Memorial Trophy for being the most promising young instrumentalist over the whole range of instruments at this year’s Festival - over 350 entries!

Following this, she was invited to play in a special prize-winners' concert which was held recently and in which she performed tremendously well. Very many congratulations go to Charlotte for her wonderful successes.

Photo: Charlotte being presented with the Chris Manners’ Memorial Trophy by Weston-Super-Mare Festival Chairman Peter Griffiths.

Trumpeter Matthew Osborne (Year 8) was awarded the Most Promising Player trophy by the County Youth Brass Band association at a recent course. Further to his Taunton Festival Young Musician of the Year win, this is a wonderful accolade to have received. Well done!

Matthew will soon be performing in the Taunton Festival Gala Evening. It will be held at Queen’s College on Sunday 4th June at 6.00 pm and showcases some of the most outstanding performances from this year’s Festival. Last year’s was a remarkable event and I am sure this year will be no different – please do come!

Three pupils have recently been up to Birmingham to perform in the Final of the Woodard Schools Musician of the Year competition.

This biennial national competition showcases some of the most talented musicians from the Woodard Schools group, and this year’s final was no exception. Trumpeter Matthew Osborne (Year 8), violinist Hannah Johnston (Year 8) and pianist Arjun Ashok (Year 7) travelled to Birmingham to play under the watchful adjudication of ‘cellist Julian Lloyd Webber in the superb acoustic of the Elgar Hall.

Given that the total number of entrants in the final, including both juniors and seniors, was only 32, the fact that we had three performers from King’s Hall was a real triumph and they played brilliantly. Very many congratulations to them all for their wonderful performances and for being such worthy competitors.

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