In a great week for the music department, internal (11+) music scholarships were awarded to George Rink (trumpet and piano) and Richard Wolksel (double bass and piano) by the school in recognition of their excellent auditions in January. Both boys are playing at or beyond Grade 5 level on both instruments, which reflects their excellent progress over a number of years.
Following auditions at Shrewsbury School recently, all three candidates for music scholarships there proved successful. James won a choral scholarship – his audition featured “Panis Angelicus”, the unaccompanied Somerset folksong “O Waly Waly” and “On the street where you live” from “My Fair Lady”. James is this year’s Head of Choir and leading soloist.
Rose presented two pieces on french horn, one of which was the famous Allegro Rondo from Mozart’s Eb concerto. She also played piano and sang, including a superb rendition of another Mozart classic – “Voi che sapete“.
Oliver played tenor saxophone, a sparkling virtuoso set of variations from the classical repertoire being backed up by some promising jazz. He then played two Grade 8 pieces, the Bach Gigue being especially memorable.
Many congratulations to all – children, teachers and parents, all of who know the music inside out by now! We are trying to organise a concert in Shrewsbury Abbey in the Spring or early Summer, so that many more people will be able to enjoy the talents of these gifted youngsters.