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The School’s annual music competition took place on Tuesday 7 February. The competition proved fierce, with close to 100 soloists and ensembles performing throughout the afternoon, competing in eight categories at junior, intermediate and senior level. A special mention must be made of the Lower Third who participated in the event for the first time this year: Amica van Strien achieved first place in junior strings and the Lower Third band a commendation for their performance in the ensemble section.
The evening concert saw the winners of the various senior categories compete for the Forbes Senior Music trophy. The standard of performance was as high as it has ever been with the audience dazzled by performances of, among others, Bach, Bloch, Prokofiev and Poulenc. Henry Benzikie, Robert Butler, Jack Maison-Hayman, Poppy Parfitt, Charlie Winefield, Alex Semple, Jade Simpkin, Ismael and Jimena Rodriguez and Joshua Geddes all performed with great style and panache. After great debate, the three external judges awarded the trophy to Alex Semple for his assured and emotionally driven performance of Bloch’s Nigun.
Nick Smith, Director of Music, commented, “The annual music competition is fast becoming one of the most exciting events in the School’s musical calendar. It was excellent to see so many pupils performing to such a very high standard. It was particularly excellent to welcome the Lower Third to the competition for the first time. They offered a number of spellbinding performances and should be congratulated on their hard work!”
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