Congratulations to Ellie Macleod who played two of her
A Level piano pieces at The Southampton Music Festival on 12th March winning The Janet Sherbourne Cup (U18 piano) for her performance
of Joachim Raff's ‘Romance'. She received very positive feedback from the adjudicator for both
pieces she played.
Congratulations to Ollie Schofield who achieved 1st place with Honours in the Musical Theatre 15 years & Under category at the Southampton Festival of Music and Drama. He was also placed 1st in the Open Song category and has subsequently been invited to perform his winning number at the end of Festival Concert at Thornden Hall. Well done Ollie!
It has been a busy time for KES pupils involved in Rhythmic Gymnastics. The Rhythmic South Gymnastics Awards Day 2017 was held on Saturday 4th March and a number of achievements were made. Rosie Dyer-Slade and Alice Turner-Hall both achieved the Rhythmic South Gymnastics Bronze award with Distinction and Alice also gained the Bronze medal in the age 11 group whilst Rosie was awarded the Silver medal in the age 12 group. This weekend also saw the British Rhythmic Gymnastics Group Seeding Championship where the girls finished a very respectable 18th.
Well done to Erik and Aelfred Hillman who recently competed in the recent Portsmouth Music Festival winning all their classes.
Erik performed twice on trombone gaining distinctions in the Grades 7-8+ Examination Class and Classical Music Class and was awarded the Roberts Cup and the Pinkney Cup. Aelfred was awarded Honours for both his Grade 7-8+ clarinet performances winning the Goodmans trophy and Joan Swift trophy. He also gained distinction for his saxophone playing in the Grades 7-8+ Jazz Class and winning the Marley trophy.
In addition, Aelfred was awarded the Zurich trophy for the 'Best Overall U18 Performance' and the Karen cup for the player demonstrating the most musicanship and versatility across the genres. As a result he has been invited to perform at next month's Gala Concert at The Kings Theatre where he will compete for either the 'Portsmouth Festivities Recital' or the 'Solent Symphony Concerto' prize for 2018. We wish him the best of luck.
Congratulations to Sophia Bassi who entered two classes in this month's Southampton Festival of Music and Drama. She achieved 1st place with a distinction and won The Miss Elsie Coles Memorial Cup in the U12 Piano 20/21st Century including Jazz Class and has been invited to perform her winning performance 'Over the Rainbow' at the end of Festival Concert. Sophia also achieved 2nd place with distinction with her clarinet in the Solo Class: Any Woodwind Instrument, Grades 6 - 7.
On Thursday 9th March the Chamber Choir welcomed David Hurley, former member of the King's Singers, a world-famous a cappella group, to run a workshop on their pieces for the Turner Sims Concert. In the workshop students were encouraged to move outside of their comfort zones away from the need for a conductor, building confidence as individuals to take collective responsibility for the performance. The experience was inspirational and informative as well as being enjoyed by all.
Congratulations to Sophie Wu who competed in the piano section in the Portsmouth Music Festival during half-term achieving some outstanding results.
Classical (Grades 6-7 pieces): Distinction, 1st in Class
Romantic (13 - 15 years): Distinction
Duet class (13 -15 years): Distinction, 1st in Class
In the first week after half-term pianist Niel Immelman, teacher at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy, visited KES to offer a masterclass to some of our senior pianists. His work with the participants, Maya Garside, Joe Arthur, Sophia Bassi and Alex Zhou, who all played beautifully, was inspirational and demanding and left them with much to think about. Many other talented KES pianists attended as observers and through Niel’s knowledge and experience gained an intriguing insight into some advanced music and many interesting nuances of piano technique.
On the Wednesday before half-term, the first of this term's two Spring Concerts was held in the Main Hall. The evening saw over one hundred young musicians from the Lower School, supported by some of our Fourth Year pupils, play a programme of lively items to a packed auditorium. Many parents commented on the lovely atmosphere and high standard of musicianship.
On Thursday evening the KES Chamber Choir joined Romsey Abbey Choir to sing evensong at the Abbey. The combined voices produced a beautiful rendition of Noble's 'Magnificat' and Edgar's 'Give unto the Lord' for the congregation.