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Pupils showcase musical talent

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The beginners winning students who took part in the competition.

  • The musical students who took part in the Rotary Music Competition 2013.

  • The advanced winning students who took part in the competition.

  • Part of the Staffordshire Hoard.

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A TOTAL of 30 musical students from St Edward's Academy in Leek took part in a Young Musician Competition.

The competition, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leek, was held at two levels – beginners and advanced.

Michael Readman of Leek Rotary said: "We had an excellent Young Musician Competition at St Edward's.

"The enthusiasm of the young people, and the standards demonstrated on a variety of instruments was extremely high."

The results were. Beginners Category: 1st - Ruth Watson (Year Seven) playing 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' by Elton John on alto saxophone; 2nd -Emily Wood (Year Eight) singing 'I feel Pretty' from Westside Story by Leonard Bernstein; and 3rd – Isobel Etheridge (Year Six) playing 'Vampire Blues' by Kevin Woodling on the piano.

Advanced Category: 1st - John Daly (Year Eight) playing a medley of chart hits that he put together himself on the piano; 2nd - Nathan Peake (Year Eight) playing 'Eldorado' by Two Steps From Hell on the piano; and 3rd - Lauren Barry (Year Six) playing 'The Boy Paganini' by E Mollenhauer on the violin.

All participants received a certificate and the first three winning contestants in each category also received a book token. Arthur Shirley, President of Leek Rotary Club made the presentations.

John Daly, the winner from the advanced category will go forward to the District Final in Wolverhampton in the spring.

The judges were Caroline Wallet from Churnet View Middle School, Martin Edwards from The Rotary Club of Leek and Liz Clarke, headteacher of St Edward's Academy. Mr Edwards said: "It was lovely to come to a school where music is really valued and the children are encouraged to develop something that will always be a major part of their lives.

"Performance is such an important part of learning music and it is never easy to sing or play an instrument in front of so many people.

"If Rotary has helped in some small way to further that cause then we will all be delighted."

Refreshments were provided by members of the Westwood College World Challenge Team, which will be going to Swaziland in 2014. More than £100 was raised as part of their fundraising programme.

Mr Readman added: "We would like to thank the judges and the staff from St Edward's who had worked so hard to put the evening together, especially Charlotte Dunlop who acted as MC for the evening and Jayne Ibbotson the Head of Music.

Other students who took part in the Young Musician Competition included:

Advanced: Alice Etheridge (violin), Charlie Shaw (piano) Maria Arapi (piano), Amelia Swarbrook (violin) and Beth Maynard (violin).

Beginners: Aeryn Pickford (violin), Bernadette Renshaw (piano), Laura Riley (piano), Jessica Brownell-Burgess (penny whistle), Arianna Bendall (flute), Rachel Barlow, (violin), Madeline Forbes (violin), Eloise Critchlow (guitar), Freya Wooley (violin), Kaci-Mai Brown (violin), Isabel Copsey (violin), Wei Ming Llang (violin), Jada-Leigh Hardy-Williams (violin), Isobel Etheridge piano), Lucy Thompson (flute), Molly Riley (keyboard), Thomas Hewson (keyboard), and Charlotte Tideswell (keyboard).

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