“I have seen the poem performed many times at many festivals, but this was probably the best reading I’ve ever heard!”
Last week, Oliver from 1st Year won the Year 7-9 Verse-Speaking class at the Cornwall Music Festival held at the Methodist Church in Truro.
Following his recital of The Listeners by Walter De La Mare, the adjudicator announced that she had seen the poem performed ‘many times at many festivals’, but thought Oliver’s was probably ‘the best reading she’d ever heard.’
This was his 4th verse-speaking win at the festival since starting in Year 3, but this time he achieved a personal best with a score of 90; which is graded as ‘outstanding’.
Oliver went on to perform at the Gala Festival on Saturday evening – an annual event where they showcase some of the outstanding performances of the Festival Week. The evening consisted of performances by some of the winners of different classes, including singers, violinists and pianists.
Oliver’s mother, Tracy, said: “Oliver worked really hard at understanding and practising the poem and performed really well.”
He then had a nice surprise during the Special Awards Presentation, when he was announced as this year’s winner of the CCMF Shield for Best Individual Verse-Speaker.
Tracy continued: “It was a great achievement considering that over 150 verse-speakers competed during the course of the week. I was very proud!”