Young Musician of the Year 2018

Posted at 12:11 pm on 16th May, 2018

The Music department have successfully run their second annual ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition which focused on the musical talents of our students. All levels of performers were represented in three instrumentalist categories; elementary (pre-grade1), intermediate (grade1-3) and advanced (grade 3 or above), with vocalists from two categories; KS3 and KS4.

Semi-finals took place during April with students from all year groups giving many strong performances. However, numbers had to be whittled down and fifteen finalists made the grade. All the girls who have reached the final have extra instrument lessons in school, with a number of them also furthering their commitment outside school.

Finalist were: elementary - Aliyah Kanaris (guitar), Eloise Bailey (trumpet) and Asha Sethi (piano); intermediate - Tayler Shepherd (piano), Ella Fagan (drums) and Selki Huk (drums); advanced - Sinead Brooker (violin), Amy Styles (guitar) and Alex Groos-Roscoe (piano), ensemble - Eleanor Wood and Zoe Gilpin (clarinets), KS3 vocalists - Isabelle Rose, Namumba Kawala and Izzy Reynolds and KS4 vocalists - Niamh Green, Sadie Telfor and Breanna Bradshaw.

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The final, attended by family and friends of the finalists and year 7 students and staff, was a pure delight. Year 7’s were inspired by our talented performers and shown what can be achieved with drive and determination.

The winners were:

Elementary winner Aliyah Kanaris (guitar) year 7 and runner up Eloise Bailey (trumpet) year 9,

Intermediate winner Tayler Shepherd (piano) year 9 and runner up Ella Fagan (drums) year 10,

Advanced winner Sinead Brooker (violin) year 10 and runner up Amy Styles (guitar) year 10

Vocalist KS3 winner Isabelle Rose year 7 and runner up Namumba Kawala year 7

Vocalist KS4 winner Breanna Bradshaw year 10 and runner up Niamh Green year 10

Mrs Holt, Head of Performance and Participation said: ‘This was a fantastic event which really allowed our students to shine and share their musical talent. Congratulations to all the competitors, they made it really challenging to decide who went through to the final and who should be crowned the overall winners.  Well done girls and I look forward to next year.’

Mr Gilpin – (parent) commented: ‘Yet another outstanding event, I don’t know how you keep producing them. I am amazed at how the participants improve time and time again. Showcasing talent really boosts participants confidence and inspires other to achieve their best.’

This annual event has grown year on year and we hope to see more competitors take up the challenge and enter next years competition. It truly is empowering to see the progression of talent as our students work at their chosen discipline. We look forward to hearing all the girls many talents at the forth coming Summer Concert on 12th July.