Moreton Hall’s Music Department celebrated a record number of prize winners at last weekend’s Oswestry Festival. The range of age groups and categories was diverse, from junior school age through to Sixth Form; from successes in the Musical Theatre Class through to ensembles, chamber choir, piano solos and duets, vocal solos to drums.
“Moreton Sixth pupils, Georgie, and Morgan-Darcy’s recent triumphs are prime examples of what Moreton is able to produce in a nurturing and encouraging environment such as the Music Department,“ enthused Director of Music, Helen Rayner.
Georgina, who has been offered a place at Oxford in September to read Computer Science and Philosophy successfully won the 18 and under piano solo set piece. Morgan-Darcy became not only the winner of the 21 and under vocal solo class, beating students already studying at Music College, but was also crowned Oswestry Music Festival's senior prize winner and was awarded the prestigious Oswestry Town Council Cup.
Reflecting on the day and on her musical journey, Morgan-Darcy commented: “I could not have done it if it were not for the continuous encouragement and support I’ve received from the Music Department all day every day for the past 9 years - not only concerning music endeavours but all of my other commitments and subjects too! The confidence it gives me is unexplainable and allows me to give my all in everything I do!”
Both girls are fine examples of the talent carefully nurtured and encouraged at Moreton. Both Georgina and Morgan-Darcy started in Moreton First (Moreton Hall's Prep School) and have been stalwarts of the Music Department ever since. Indeed, it is not just the senior school students who have achieved such accolades. Throughout the school, pupils have excelled in all of the competitions. Moreton First pupil, Cathy, rejoiced in winning the 12 and under piano set piece.
Celebrating the transformative power of music, Georgina added, “Performances are always the highlight of playing an instrument. Hours spent on technical details and perfecting the piece with the help of the music department and my wonderful piano teacher, Mrs Platts, seems all the more worth it when you can share the music you love and create with other people. In a competition of such high quality like the Oswestry Festival you get the added delight of hearing other incredible performers as well, and discovering new pieces. The competitive edge and chance to win is just the cherry on the top.”
A round up of all results:
Maya - 2nd in the Musical Theatre 15 & under
Jenny - 3rd in the 12 & under solo string class
Lyra (on Erhu) - 2nd in the 15 and under string solo
Megan - WON the 18 and under Musical Theatre class
Morgan-Darcy - WON the Vocal Solo 21 and under
Morgan-Darcy - 2nd in the Opera 21 & under
Janice & Daisy - WON the Piano Duet 15& Under
Janice came 4th and Daisy 2nd in the Piano solo, 15 and under
Chamber Choir came 2nd in the 21 and under youth choir class
Georgie WON the 18 and Under piano set piece
Georgie also came second in the 18 and under piano solo
Natalie and Cici WON the 18 and under piano duet
Moreton’s Ensemble (Lyra, Maria, Daisy and Janice) WON
Katy came second in the 9 and under piano solo
Cathy WON the 12 and under set piece. Hedy came second in the same class.
Katy and Hedy came second in the 12 and under piano duet.
Cathy came 4th in the 12 and under piano solo.
Gethin came second in the 9 and under 9 drum kit solo.
Sammy came second in the 18 and under drum kit solo.