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Mid Somerset Festival Awards

Wells musicians performed extremely well again at this year’s elite Mid Somerset Festival in Bath, winning a large number of categories across a range of musical disciplines; as well as coming away with a clutch of the major awards for best musician. Adam won the Piano Shop Bath Salver for most outstanding pianist in the senior category; whilst Bridget won the Western Daily Press Challenge Trophy for most outstanding pianist in the junior category. Cellist Ian won the Premier Award;...
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BBC Proms Inspire Composers Band

Congratulations to Year 12 composer Lindsay who was selected to take part in the BBC Proms Inspire Composers band this week. As one of a small group of young women composer/performers she worked with critically acclaimed composer and electronics producer, Anna Meredith, to create a short collaborative piece for International Women’s Day on 8th March. Lindsay attended a series of workshops, held at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in February and March. The band rehearsed together at the Royal College...
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Choir Schools Association Football and Netball Tournament

Last week, Wells hosted the annual Choir Schools Association football and netball tournament for ten other choir schools, including teams from Dean Close Prep School, King’s Worcester, Bristol Cathedral School, St John’s College Cardiff, Llandaff Cathedral School and The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester. The Wells football team, coached by keen sportsman and chorister parent Adam Cox, challenged hard; whilst the Wells netball team, coached by chorister parent Jo Perring, came runners up in the netball tournament. Salisbury Cathedral School won both...
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Wells Virtuosi Tour

The Wells Virtuosi took our world-leading music to Cheltenham in aid of The Mayor’s Charities at the start of March, with works by Elgar, Finzi, Holst, Suk and Dvorak. The concert took place in the celebrated Pitville Pump Room in Cheltenham, and was the first stop on a short musical tour, which also included a performance at the beautiful St John’s Church in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.

Taunton Junior Young Musician

Congratulations to Year 6 specialist musician Poppy who was awarded the title of Taunton Junior Young Musician for her violin performance at the recent festival, receiving a significant financial award and a large trophy. Poppy was also awarded the Westlake Cup for achieving the highest marks at the festival, which included her entries in both the Strings and the Woodwind categories. As further strings to her bow, Poppy has also been selected for the fifth consecutive year for the prestigious...
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Diamond Fund for Choristers

Congratulations to head girl chorister Astrid, who has been selected to join choristers from across the UK to sing at the prestigious Diamond Fund Concert in St Paul’s Cathedral on 27th April. The concert provides a unique opportunity to bring together, for the first time, choristers from some 60 of the nation’s cathedrals and colleges, marking the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of Cathedral Music and the launch of the Diamond Fund for Choristers. FCM provides grants from members’ subscriptions...
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National Children’s Orchestra Percussionists

Congratulations to Year 4 percussionist Isabelle, who, at only eight years old, is the youngest Wells pupil ever to have been selected for the elite National Children’s Orchestra. The NCO is Great Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children, providing young people with a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship. Hundreds of 7-13 year olds from across the country are brought together, meeting like-minded young musicians and being guided by top professional musicians. As well as creating a safe, stimulating...
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Old Wellensians at the RCM

Head of percussion, Jayne Obradovic joined Old Wellensians at a private reception to celebrate the opening of the new percussion suite at the Royal College of Music, alongside guests Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sir Robert Winston and the Principal percussionists of the top international orchestras. Old Wellensian Kizzy Brooks led the soloists in a performance.