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Musicians Excel in Annual Competition

11 March 2016

Thursday 2 March saw the final of the EHS Musician of the Year 2016. Students from Years 7 to 13 took part in the preliminary stages and finalists had been selected for each Key Stage.  From early January, students across both the Prep and Senior School have been auditioning, to get to the finals of the respective competitions. Over 550 performances were given in total.

We were extremely fortunate to have Professor George Caird as the independent adjudicator for this prestigious prize.  Professor Caird, a former Principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire had flown in especially from Denmark in order to judge the competition.  In his general comments, Professor Caird remarked on the outstanding level of musicianship, preparation and technical ability demonstrated by the girls in each category.

In all competitive scenarios there was a winner.  Our winners this year were  Mila Manandhar on the piano at Key Stage 3 playing ‘Les Sylvains’ by Chaminade; Briony Chitty performing ‘Salut d’Amour’ by Elgar on the violin; Susannah Murphy singing Schumann’s famous song ‘Widmung’; and the overall winner was Emma Khan performing ‘Rail Road’ by Gary Ryan on the guitar.  We were delighted to also include an Ensembles Award this year and the winners of this category were Bethany Lucas and Zara Ryan for their moving performance of ‘For Good’ from the hit West End musical ‘Wicked’.

Professor Caird felt that he couldn’t simply select winners for each category and decided that some students also deserved an honourable mention for excellent performances, these were;  Caitlin Kisumba, Gracie McKeever, Thuy-Vi Nguyen, Eryna Kisumba, Teri Lee, Charley Johnson and Bethany Lucas.  

I was delighted and extremely proud of all the students that took part and represented themselves and the School in such a positive way!

Congratulations everyone!

Mr Robson  
Musical Director  

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