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Concert marks the end of Grantham Music Festival 2019


By Grantham Reporter


The smiles were shining as brightly as the silverware on Saturday as special guest, flautist Carla Rees, presented Grantham’s musicians and groups with a sparkling array of trophies from Grantham Music Festival.

Stunning performances in Christchurch Finkin Street last week saw adjudicator Gill Johnston award her highest-ever mark in a music festival to Oasby Music Group’s Vivo Trio.

Playing at Saturday’s Trophy Winners Presentation and Concert, Annabel, Erin and Eliot were further delighted to go on to win one of the Festival’s highest honours, the Anne Abbott Trophy for best performance overall.

Trophy winners at the Grantham Music Festival 2019. (8107206)
Trophy winners at the Grantham Music Festival 2019. (8107206)

The Malcolm Sargent Primary School Senior Choir joined the Vivo Trio in receiving the Festival’s top distinctions. The Choir scooped the second overall trophy – the new John Wood Memorial Trophy for the highest award across all vocal and choral classes – for their magnificently involving performances of ‘Moon’ and ‘Shoo Fly’. Dudley House School and Kesteven and Sleaford High School Choir were also among schools to collect silverware from Saturday’s presentation, while the Choir of St John the Evangelist won the accolade for Best Church Choir with the Miss A G Green Cup.

In other vocal classes, in Songs from the Shows, Martha Cunningham (the Treasure Productions Trophy) and Charlotte Morris (the Mrs B Bradley cup) came out on top.

Martha also claimed a cup for the best school-age Folk Song Solo performance and the Alderman J Hedley Lewis cup for Primary School Vocal, while Charlotte also received the Mr C J Murden Cup for the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta class and the Mr and Mrs G Necklen cup for Secondary School Vocal. In the Pop Music Solo or Group category, Lilliemae Reid prevailed to collect the Stanley Thompson Cup.

Multi-talented and multi-trophy-winning James Diamond joined Martha and Charlotte to take home three awards – the Alderman Mrs G A C Shipman Cup for piano, and the Emmett Trophy and the award for Grades 5-6 Brass Solo for performances on his trumpet. Also joining this trio as triple cup-winners was Katharine Dryden in the Opera, Oratorio and Vocal Repertoire classes (Mrs D Marks and both Miss Betty Lowe cups).

Equally multi-talented Freya and Amelia Whitfield also won an impressive collection of individual and joint trophies. These added to those they claimed in the ensemble classes as part of the Oasby Music Group Minims ensemble. Here, Carla Rees presented the Minims with a total of three awards, including the Philip Lank Trophy for String Orchestra.

In all, 47 cups and trophies were presented on Saturday. Also among the trophy winners were Isabella and Alice Rossington, Christian Anderson, Luke Osborne, Keith Folwell, Samuel Mitchinson, Megan Atherton, Sapphie Johnson, Erin Vinter, Annabel Stevens, Natasha Burns, Harry Marshall, Ruth Fuller and Amelie Sainsbury, Naomi Williams, Tom Alexander, Grantham Town Handbell Ringers, Holly Riordan, Ethan Fulton, Tabitha Gervis, Katharine Dryden, Elizabeth Cradduck and Keziah Schofield, and St Wulfram’s Children’s Choir.

Bob Jeffreys, Grantham Music Festival President, thanked Festival chair Laura Gardiner and all the committee for their hard work while Elizabeth Bowskill, General Secretary, thanked the Festival’s generous sponsors, schools, patrons and volunteers for their support.

Laura Gardiner, Chair of Grantham Music Festival added: “Huge congratulations to all the trophy winners. It was truly an excellent evening. A big thank you to guest presenter Carla Rees for her inspiring words, performance and presenting all the trophies. We couldn’t let this Festival end without a huge thank you to our official accompanists, Sally Anthony and Rowan Cozens, and all the other accompanists who have learnt quite literally thousands of notes for the Festival week.

“To our adjudicator 2019, Gill Johnston, a massive thank you for your inspiration and encouragement and tips for improvement. We have loved having you as part of our Festival. All the teachers who have been represented this week: thank you for supporting the Festival – your students have done you all proud!

“Parents, grandparents and everyone who supports these young musicians, thank you! Please keep encouraging your rising stars. Here’s to 2020!”

For more information about Grantham Music Festival and the full list of this year’s trophy and class winners, visit www.granthammusicfestival.co.uk



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