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Posted on Tuesday 5 April

Held in St Johns Church, Churchill on Monday 31st January 2011, this event can best be described as "an Evening of Excellence". The
standard of the young competitors in previous years have always been so high to the extent it was considered it would be difficult to achieve
anything higher. This year surpassed all expectations.

The adjudication panel was chaired this year by Chris Stell, professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music, London and former pupil of Churchill School. He was assisted by Alice Harper, Soprano, currently working at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music and Adrain Trapp, Director of Music, Weston Parish Church; Farmington Fellow, Oxford University.

Each of eight competitors gave truly remarkable, assured performances which must have left
the judges with an unenviable task. Following lengthy deliberations Ben Greenwood-Rogers emerged as the winner. From a somewhat laid back introduction Ben completely communicated with his audience through his music
and his performance of "Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano" by Malcolm Arnold
was just breath taking.

The Churchill Music Audience Trophy went to Ruth Harrison (Flute) who was
just a whisper apart from Ben with her truly remarkable performances of
Allegro (Taffanel) and Andante et Scherzo (Ganne). These two winners went on to perform at St. George's Bristol - partners in education with Churchill Music!

The Junior prize went to Holly Greenwood-Rogers who gave a moving
performance of Horn Concerto in E flat 1st movement (Mozart) and Rondo
(Cooke). Holly caused a great deal of excitement with her audience as a player to watch out for in the future.

Gareth Jones

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