Sixteen girls from Moreton Hall took to the stage at the Oswestry Music Youth Festival, achieving success in a diverse range of categories: from musical theatre through to piano, woodwind, and strings.
Tara, who joined Moreton Hall for the Music provision, was crowned overall winner of the 15 and Under age category and awarded the Oswestry Town Council Junior Cup. Reflecting on her achievement, Tara enthused: “The standard in the competition was extremely high and I was overwhelmed to win. I played Smoke Gets in Your Eyes on the flute and the judges were complimentary in their comments, describing my performance as extremely musical.”
Collectively, the students won 7 classes, gained 6 second places and 7 third places. This resulted in a record number of Moreton Hall students going on to compete at the Festival's Winners’ concert on the Sunday afternoon.
All three age categories were represented by a Moreton Hall girl: Beatrice for the ‘Young Performer of the Year’; both Selina and Tara competed for the 15 and Under Junior Cup and Megan the 21 and Under Senior Cup.
Competing against entrants significantly older than her, Megan commented:
“I competed in 6 classes over the course of the festival, but my main win was the 21 & Under Woodwind Class. As expected, the standard was very high and the competition stiff, so I couldn’t quite believe that I’d really won in such a talented class!
“The adjudicators are very welcoming and give good constructive criticism as well as pointing out what they love about your performance. The festival is such a good opportunity to immerse yourself in not only your own music, but all of the other competitors.”
Director of Music at Moreton Hall, Helen Rayner, echoed the judges’ sentiments as she noted the girls’ assured and moving performances:
“We are immensely proud of all the girls who took part in this year’s Festival. Watching them perform in such a nurturing and welcoming environment was rather moving. Their performances displayed poise, commitment and as one adjudicator commented, ‘instinctive musicality.’”
- Selina won the 15 and under string class to go through to compete for the Gull Award (Oswestry Town Council Junior Cup)
- Tara won the 15 and under woodwind class on flute to go through compete for the Gull award (Oswestry Town Council Junior Cup)
- Megan won the 21 and under woodwind
- Daisy won the 18 and under piano solo
- Mae won the 9 and under piano test piece
- Cathy and Hedy won the 12 and under piano duet
- Beatrice won the 12 and under piano solo and went through to compete for the ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Cup
- Hedy placed 2nd in the 12 and under piano set piece
- Tatyana placed 2nd in the 18 and under string solo
- Megan placed 2nd in the 18 and under Musical Theatre class
- Cathy placed 2nd in the 15 and under piano test piece
- Megan placed 2nd in the 18 and under piano test piece
- Mae placed 2nd in the 9 and under piano solo class
- Cathy placed 2nd in the 12 and under test piece
- Jenny placed 3rd in the 15 and under string class
- Tara placed 3rd in the 15 and under woodwind class on saxophone
- Hedy and Kate came joint 3rd in the 12 and under Musical Theatre class
- Megan placed 3rd in the 18 and under woodwind class
- Kate placed 3rd in the 12 and under beginners class
- Hedy placed 3rd in the 12 and under piano test piece