Date Posted... Feb 9th 2024

Talent Shines in Junior House Music

The audience of staff, pupils and their families were taken through a musical smorgasbord at the Junior House Music Event. Held in the Chapel, the evening showcased a range of musical genres, styles and instruments, with our pupil’s talent shining brightly throughout.

From rousing drum solos from Winnie and Mikey to excellent performances on the bassoon from Patrick, the audience was also treated to Harris on the cello, enchanting oboe performances from Clara and Hanna and some fantastic piano solos from Freddie and Joseph as well as a beautiful voice solo from Scarlett to name but a few. There was plenty to entertain and inspire.

Visiting adjudicator Timonth Noon, Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral certainly had his work cut out for him in choosing a winner.

He gave special mention to the flawless cornet piece ‘Share My Yoke’ by Joy Webb, played by Trystan. He also thanked Kes for his two performances on the cornet and as a solo singer.

The solo prizes however, came down to a “battle of the pianists” with Lilla named as the overall winner for her rendition of Mozart’s ‘Fantasia in D Minor’ and the runner-up being awarded to Verity for her take on Haydn’s ‘Sonata in C Major 1st mvmt’. Both girls were praised for their “well-paced and emotionally mature” performances.

The top award for groups went to Tilly and Lilly for their performance of ‘Moral of the Story’ by Ashe, while the runner-up prize went to The Rock and Roll Trio (Mikey, Oliver and Joseph) for their lively performance of Guns and Roses’ ‘Sweet Child of Mine’.

Well done to all of the performers on the night, it was a truly fantastic showcase of some exceptional musical talent.

With thanks to Mr Noon for his excellent judging and thoughtful feedback. Thanks too to the Junior Band for the half-time entertainment and to Mr Comeau, Mr Thomson, Mr Osmond and all of the Music Department staff who brought the evening to life.