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On Tuesday 9 February the School’s musicians gathered to compete in the annual instrumental music competition.
Over 90 musicians took part in well over 100 performances which were divided into seven categories (brass, keyboard, strings, percussion, woodwind, vocal and ensemble) and three sub-categories (junior, intermediate and senior).
Winners of each senior category received one of the numerous trophies on offer, and the whole day concluded with a recital in the Old Chapel where the senior winners competed for the coveted Forbes cup for ‘best performance’. Josh Geddes (Lower Sixth, West House) received the Forbes cup on account of a quite brilliant and mature performance of Chopin’s Ballade no. 1 in G minor, op. 23.
The general quality of musicianship throughout the day was exceptional. Mention must be made of those pupils in the Fourth Form who achieved success, among them James Perkins (East House) who won the trophy in the senior woodwind section. We were pleased to welcome Jeremy Cole, Rachel Ambrose-Evans and Edwin Lee as judges for the event, all eminent musicians from London and Cambridge.
The four and a half hours, during which many pupils played in upwards of four separate categories, were an evident success. Congratulations to all who took part.
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