This year's competition for solo musicians was separated into two evenings, one for instrumentalists and one for singers, on the 28th April and 3rd May respectively. Both proved hugely enjoyable for their audiences as they were treated to mixed programmes featuring music from a wide variety of genres performed with real commitment and style.
The instrumental competition was attended by all sixth form music and academic scholars immediately prior to the Kendrew Dinner, and the event was judged by Dr David Bednall, celebrated composer, organist and teacher at Bristol University. The junior age group prize was awarded to Tom Barwick for his beautiful performance of the first movement of Poulenc's Sonata for Flute, while the senior competition was won by Dan Laurie on double bass who performed a fiendish and dramatic piece by Piazzolla.
The vocal competition was adjudicated by highly regarded singer, opera director and teacher Maria Jagusz who was extremely impressed by the general standard of performance of all the singers. After some deliberation she awarded the junior prize to Eliza Wright for a programme including a stunning rendition of Gershwin's Summertime and the senior competition to Anthony Moll who sang two English songs: Sea Fever by John Ireland and Love bade my welcome by Vaughan Williams. Maria praised Anthony's natural communication and core stability - surprisingly guessing that he was a rugby player simply from his vocal performance!
Well done to everyone who took part in both evenings - they provided a real showcase for some of the talent present at the College.