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Musicians enjoy busy summer Wells Cathedral School WCS Independent Prep School Somerset England

Musicians enjoy busy summer

Musicians achieving great things does not stop when our buildings close for the summer. Our talented pupils keep playing, performing and experiencing!

As ever we can celebrate many members of National Ensembles and Choirs; particular congratulations must go to Defne Anar (Upper Sixth) on her appointment as principal harp in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and to Luke Doyle (Upper Sixth) who has been the leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, a position usually won by someone at least three years older than he is.

Our Chamber Choir has received international recognition by being awarded a category winner prize in the International Choral Festival of Preveza, Greece and glowing reports of Wellensian performances have also come in from The Netherlands and from upstate New York.

We can also report another crop of excellent exam results including several diplomas, such as an FTCL for double bassist, Sean Foong (Upper Sixth), a level equivalent in standard to a postgraduate recital at a music conservatoire or university.

It is always especially lovely and important to congratulate musicians who are not on our specialist music pathways. OWs Sophie Wu (2023) and Lyla Li (2022) have gained places at conservatoires and percussionist Myron Ong (Upper Sixth) has joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

There have, as ever, been huge numbers of musicians visiting over the summer break. Our Music Summer Schools were incredibly successful. Thanks to our resident team of tutors who made these weeks such a joy!

And we have hit the ground running on our return! Already our Brass Department has featured on BBC Radio 3’s breakfast programme and our singers and string players joined the Armonico Consort to perform to local residents of Wells who live with dementia.

Director of Music, Alex Laing, remarked; “I know this year will be another exciting one, musically at Wells!