Young Musicians Shine Bright at Taunton Music Festival
Our young musicians shone brightly last week as they took part in Taunton’s three-day Festival of the Arts.
Formed in 1913, the festival (formerly the Taunton & Somerset Music, Drama & Dance Festival) exists to encourage and promote the performance and enjoyment of arts. Aiming particularly, but not exclusively, at young people, it provides a challenge and a unique opportunity to perform in a competitive and non-competitive situation in front of adjudicators, all experienced professionals, offering teaching at the highest level.
Music classes are held in piano, strings, woodwind, brass, recorders, composition and vocal. The festival also hosts a broad number of drama, and dance classes.
With 65 entries at this year’s festival, the music rounds have been another resounding success, and the feedback received, and experience gained, from the past two weeks has been terrific. Over the course of this time, 31 of our children performed in solo/duet classes, with a further 15 involved in the choir class and Taunton Children’s Orchestra (the latter of whom receiving the Talbot Cup).
Of these, 18 gained first prizes, two second, and one third. Five trophies were won, with a number of entrants also receiving uniformly high marks.
Special mention must go to Grace Eakhurst who performed particularly well in the vocal classes – notching up three wins; a second place and two trophies, and to Charlotte Ambler, who was awarded a very rare ‘outstanding’ in the composition class. She wrote and performed her very own piano piece.
Commenting on the event, Head of Music, Gareth Dayus-Jones said: “I continue to be enormously grateful to the parents and staff that support the music department, and would like to extend my congratulations again to everyone who took part in this year’s festival.”
He added: “All in all, a tremendous couple of weeks in which everyone involved can be justifiably proud of their achievements. My congratulations to you all.”
Published on: Monday, February 11, 2019