Musical Success at Annual Taunton Festival of the Arts
With a dedicated team of 21 instrumentalists, a further seven vocalists, the Brass Group and the King’s Strings quintet, the music rounds of this year’s Taunton Festival of the Arts have been hugely successful and the feedback received, and experience gained, from the past two weeks have been tremendous.
While the greatest benefit of the experience has undoubtedly been the pride of individuals as they finish their respective pieces, we have also garnered a respectable tally of class, medal and trophy winners.
King’s Hall children gained seventeen first places and three second places as well as receiving uniformly high marks, many of which were at Distinction level:
Charlotte A won Solo Brass (12 years and under), and the Wagstaff Trophy; Composition (16 years and under), Jazz Piano (12 years and under), and also jointly won Solo Piano (12 and under).
Teddy A won Jazz Piano (10 years and under).
Annie D-J – won Bowed Strings recital Grades 4-6 and the Mills Cup.
Grace E won Vocal Solo (12 years and under – song from a Musical Show composed up to 1959), and came second in both Vocal Solo (12 years and under – song from a Musical Show composed from 1960 to 1999) and Vocal Solo (12 years and under – song from a Musical Show composed from 2000).
Monty L-S came second in Solo Brass (12 years and under).
Frankie R-W won Bowed Strings solo (10 years and under), Piano Solo Grade 3, and the Transitional Trophy.
Thomas W won Solo Brass (10 years and under), and the Evelyn Smith Memorial Trophy.
Annie D-J and Frankie R-W won Junior Duet (13 years and under) and the Williamson Cup.
King’s Strings won Beginner Small Ensemble and the Elementary Chamber Music Cup.
Jinesh A and Danning Z jointly won Bowed Strings recital Grades 1-3.
Zac G and Woody Gos jointly won Solo Ukulele (8 years and under).
Wilf G and Herbert Y jointly won Solo Electric Guitar (14 years and under).
Poppy C and Erin C won Vocal Duet (12 years and under excluding Musical Show).
Brass Group won Junior Large Ensemble and the Greenslade Cup.
Five King’s Hall pupils are also current members of the Taunton Children’s Orchestra and they also won their class with Distinction, receiving the Vivienne Price Memorial Cup.
Commenting on the experience, our Director of Music Gareth Dayus-Jones said: “All in all, a tremendous couple of weeks in which everyone involved can be justifiably proud of their achievements. My congratulations and thanks to you all.”
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