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Patron: Peter Donohoe CBE

Posted on Tuesday 7 February

As predicted, Monday night's Churchill Young Musician Of The Year competition 2017 was simply inspirational!
Advanced students from Churchill Academy and Sixth Form music faculty gave superb and assured performances for the panel of judges and audience. The competition and the Young Musician’s Showcase at St. George’s Bristol the following night are just two examples of the valuable partnership between Churchill Music!, Churchill Academy and St. George’s.

The judging panel—chaired by Melanie Ragge, professor of Oboe at the Royal Academy of Music, (pictured with the winners), Alice Harper, voice and violin and Adrian Trapp, piano and keyboard—expressed their delight at the high standard of all of the performers.

Our warmest congratulations go to Churchill Young Musician of the Year 2017, Anna Lalande (Voice), whose performance was both polished and incredibly moving. The judging panel were full of praise for Anna's beautiful voice, her faultless introductions and the range of emotions she so skillfully communicated through her singing.
Churchill Music!’s Audience Trophy was awarded to Joe Richardson (Bass Guitar), who not only performed his own arrangement of 'Seal Song' by Eric Whitaker but then wowed everyone with his own composition, 'For the 8th Time'. We are filled with excitement about Joe's future as a composer, arranger and performer.

The Junior Prize was awarded to George Skeen (Violin). The judges were particularly impressed with his rendition of Edward Severn's 'Polish Dance'. We really hope to welcome George back next year to see even greater things! The competition is also supported by Wrington Vale Rotary club who offer the winners the chance to compete in the regional finals of their Young Musician competition held at Kings of Wessex School.

Pictured above from left - George Skeen, Head Teacher, Chris Hildrew, Joe Richardson, Anna Lalande, with adjudication panel chair, Melanie Ragge.

During the interval, after the traditional Churchill Music! canapés had been handed round, the Raymond Hayter Song Prize was awarded to Molly Sprouting for her 'outstanding vocal contribution to the Music Faculty'. A brilliant, uplifting performance by the Chamber Choir, followed.

Summing up at the end of the competition, Chris Hildrew, Headteacher, commented “The amazing concert tonight is testament to the hours and hours of careful practice that the performers put in, along with the support and encouragement of their teachers and families. We’re very proud of all the young musicians, whose energy and enthusiasm entertained and moved the audience tonight and showed great potential for the future of music at Churchill.”

Thanks must go to the entire team of staff at the Music Faculty for their tireless work in nurturing these young people and helping them be the very best they can be.

Following Monday’s performance, all the students were invited to play at the Young Artists Showcase at St Georges, Bristol and filled the concert hall with an atmosphere of electric excitement! The event was so much more than a showcase of young talent – it was a testament to the atmosphere of Churchill Academy, where music is at the heart of education. Something we feel passionately about at Churchill Music! said a spokesman for Churchill Muisic!

All in all, this was a brace of nights to remember - but then, what do you expect? Amazing music, performed and supported by people who are passionate about it, accompanied by good food... This is the magic of Churchill Music!"

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