Two Year 8 musicians from Shrewsbury’s Prestfelde School have won prestigious scholarships to Shrewsbury School, following tough auditions earlier this month.
Twelve-year-old Barney W from Shrewsbury played trombone, piano and drums as well as singing two solos. Barney takes lessons at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Junior School, fitting this commitment around a busy schedule as an academic scholar at Prestfelde School.
Form-mate Ben F (13) from Shrewsbury won a Burney music scholarship, playing oboe, piano and singing – in his case including a performance of “Proud of your Boy” which was written for “Aladdin”. Like Barney, Ben is an academic scholar at Prestfelde and on his main instruments is playing at Grade 6 level or above. Ben is also pleased to have matched the scholarship won to Shrewsbury School a few years ago by his older sister Rose.
Former Head of Music Jeremy Lund, who accompanied the boys in their auditions, praised their dedication, musicianship and composure. “Both boys took on difficult challenges and passed with flying colour’s – I am delighted for them, and they can look forward to a busy and exciting future at their senior school. For now, it’s back to the classrooms, and to the school production of “Barnum” later this term.