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St Albans Young Musician Competition

St Albans Young Musician Competition

Several of our children entered this year’s St Albans Young Musicians Competition both as individual soloists and in groups of instrumentalists. They sent in recordings and then the judges chose some to be in the final, held in the nave of the cathedral last Sunday. We had a brass quartet, a string quartet and four soloists (Eliza de Silva, Sedona de Silva, Fraser Hauser and Rebecca Whitehouse) in the final, who played to a large audience and an adjudicator.

All the children played really well and we were very proud of them. Our String Quintet, playing Palladio by Karl Jenkins, was chosen as the winner of the Primary Instrumental Ensemble category! Congratulations to the Quintet – Fraser Hauser, John-Ellis Wallace, Stephanie Lawrence, Alice Persse and Rebecca Whitehouse. Well done also to our Brass Quartet – Robert Johnson, Dominic Tanner, Oliver Arnold and Amandine Geurts.

The competition started in 2012 and every year one of our Abbey School groups or soloists has been a winner. In the Secondary Schools section some of our ex-pupils were also winners this year – Thomas Johnson and Louisa Kataria in the Parmiter’s Barbershop group, Emily Price won Secondary Vocal Soloist and Louisa Kataria won Secondary Wind Soloist.