Our inaugural Young Musician of the Year competition has been a huge success and we are delighted to announce the winners are Thomas from year 7 (lower school winner) and Tsukushi from year 11 (upper school winner).
More than 60 pupils auditioned for the competition, making the job of narrowing down to just 18 finalists a very difficult task. The finalists were divided into two categories: lower school (years 7-9) and upper school (years 10-13). The standard was very high across the board and students who weren’t successful this year have been strongly encouraged to re-enter next year.
The final took place on Tuesday 19th March 2019 in the school’s main hall, with performances from each finalist as well as the school’s Youth Choir and Jazz Trio, and was very well attended. The competition was adjudicated by Katherine Safe, a school governor and former teacher at the school, and Rachael Patrick, an experienced music teacher at Tewkesbury School and parent of students at the school. They had the difficult job of choosing just one winner from each of the two categories from a fiercely talented group of pupils.
Our lower school winner was Thomas in year 7 who sang ‘If only you would listen’ from School of Rock by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In the upper school category, pianist Tsukushi performed her own arrangement of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by George Gershwin, taking home the prize for her category.
Headteacher Gareth Burton said: “It was an absolutely stunning night of music. The opportunities that this inaugural competition provided our students to express themselves will last a lifetime. As I watched all 18 students leave the floor after their performance, every single one, without exception, looked so immensely proud of themselves. It was a truly wonderful evening.”