Click below to read our Summer Term 2017 newsletter, it’s certainly been busy at St Joseph’s!
Fallon Gillies (Year 7) and Maddie Marsh (Year 8) are in their second year at the National Children’s Choir and both received a promotion during their Easter 2017 course. Fallon to the Blue Choir and Maddie to the Green Choir (the advanced junior choir). They spent a week of their Easter break on a residential in Shrewsbury School with a full programme of choir singing, musicianship and individual lessons. Next Summer they have the opportunity of going to China on a choir tour which they are both very excited about.
Auditions for places at the NCCGB usually take place in the Autumn in various locations around Britain. www.nccgb.com for details.
Over fifty pupils from St Joseph’s School participated in the annual Wadebridge Music Festival last week and won individual and group honours in a wide range of categories. This prestigious festival of Music and Speech runs for five days and includes speech, brass, choirs, instrumental and vocal competition classes.
The Junior Choir (Years 5 and 6) and the Senior School elite choir Canzonetta both sang beautifully and won their classes with distinction. Canzonetta were also awarded the Townsend Cup and afterwards were given a masterclass with the adjudicator, Brian Husband on ‘The Bluebird’ by Stanford. The adjudicator’s comments included that Canzonetta featured a “very beautiful, focussed, gentle legato,” and telling them that they “engage most effectively, and sing with musicality, expression and poise.” Praise indeed for a very proud choir.
Many pupils also participated in instrumental and vocal classes. A special mention must go to Ben Hodgson who entered the festival for the first time and was awarded the Wadebridge Festival Singer of the Year.
Many congratulations to all the pupils who took part and a huge thank you to all the music teachers involved and the parents who came along and supported.
Well done to all of you!
Individual Wadebridge Prizewinners:
Oscar Amankwah (Piano and Vocal)
Lowen Courtney-Bridgey (Piano)
Ben Hodgson (Vocal)
Alice Amankwah (Piano & Vocal)
Fallon Gillies (Violin, Piano & Vocal)
Darcy Courtney-Bridgey (Piano and Violin)
Madeleine Marsh (Vocal)
Chloe Smith (Flute)
Isabelle Thorns (Piano and Vocal)