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Mid-Somerset Festival Piano Prize Winners WCS Wells Cathedral Independent School Somerset

Our Musicians Impress at the Mid-Somerset Festival

Many of our Musicians attended the Mid-Somerset Festival and achieved fantastic results.

The Mid-Somerset Festival provides an annual platform for children and adults to showcase their skills in creative writing, speech and drama, music, musical theatre and dance. This year, there were 5,000 entrants vying for 200 awards.

Congratulations to Hetty Christopher (Year 11), who won the Concerto for Woodwind, Brass or Recorder category, and the Premier Award for best instrumentalist.

Among pianists, Justus Frantz (Year 11) came first in the Romantic Piano Solo, Classical Piano Solo and Piano Concerto categories, and won “The Piano Shop, Bath Salver” award for best pianist. Rufina Lok (Year 11) and Nicole Wong (Year 11) came first in the Piano Duet category, while Lucille Raynal (Year 8) came first in the Baroque Piano Solo category, Harry Jordan (Year 10) won the Post 1900 Piano Solo category, Melvin Wai (Year 8) won the Piano Repertoire (13 & under) category and Ruby Cheung (Lower Sixth) won the Piano Recital category.

In the vocal department, Olivia Middleton (Lower Sixth) came first in both the Art Song (16-19 years) and Vocal Recital (16-19 years) categories as well as winning the May King Award, a prize of £150 awarded to the outstanding singer in the Young Adult section. Esme Daniell-Greenhalgh (Lower Sixth) came first in the Opera or Operetta (16-19 years) category, Jennifer Zhao (Lower Sixth) won the Oratorio or Other Sacred Work (16-19 years) category, Shanna Hei (Year 9) won the Art Song (13 years) category, Riana Tam (Year 10) won the Art Song (14 years) category and Emily Ng (Year 10) won the Unaccompanied Folk Song (14 & 15 years) category.

Our congratulations also go to Belinda (Year 6), who won the Show Song From Musical/Film (10 & under) category, the My Favourite Song (10 & under) category, the Art Song (12 years) category and the Unaccompanied Folk Song (11 and under) category.

Finally, Sophie Lam (Year 10) came first place in the Harp Solo – Intermediate category and won the Ruth Faber Harp Trophy, while fellow Wells harpist Defne Anar (Year 11) won both the Harp Solo Repertoire – Advanced category and also the Thelma King Instrumental Award, which comes with a £600 prize; she will also be the string finalist in the Bath Young Musician of the Year.

We are very proud of everyone who took part in the festival. Congratulations to all those who won such a wonderful set of awards!

Defne Anar Advanced Harp Recital Class Wells Cathedral Independent School SomersetMSF Trophy Wells Cathedral Independent School Somerset WCSSophie Lam Intermediate Harp Solo Class WCS Wells Cathedral Independent School Somerset