15.05.17 - Ockbrook School Students Triumph at Derby Arts Festival

A talented group of our musical students are celebrating their success at Derby Arts Festival, scooping more than 25 awards in total.

Derby Arts Festival is an annual contest that gives talented amateur performers the chance to shine. Now in its 109th year, more than 1,000 young people competed in this year’s music, dance and drama talent contest.

Our school choir comprises 20 students from throughout the Senior School. Judges at Derby Arts Festival showered them with praise as they walked away with three awards, including the ‘Hymn Singing Award, ‘Secondary School Gospel Choir Award’ and the coveted ‘Shenton Memorial Cup’.

Meanwhile, Jane Beal celebrated a hat trick of medals in the Vocals Section. She scooped the ‘Chorister Solo’ award with her performance of Quilter’s Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, as well as the ‘Constance Pemberton Memorial Cup’ in the Young Ladies/Gentlemen’s Solo Class and the ‘Jazz/Blues Standard Solo’.

Conductor Mr Swindell, Director of Music at Ockbrook School, said: “Once again our choir has performed to the highest levels. Everyone should be extremely proud of their achievements. Special mention must go to all the Year 13 students, including Curran Doherty, Beth Hampshire and Jane Beal, for all their hard work over the years!”

In the Instrumental Classes, our pupils were awarded 24 podium positions. Julie Yun placed 1st for her outstanding drumming performance; Sophie Cox placed 1st and 3rd for her two beautiful harp performances, while Edric Garner was awarded the highest mark from all of Tuesday and Wednesdays’ daytime classes, achieving a score of 91 in his second Piano Class.

Ockbrook School Piano Teacher, Jane Ford added: “Many congratulations to all pupils who competed in the Derby Arts Festival. Over the course of Tuesday May 2nd, Wednesday May 3rd and Thursday May 4th 2017, Ockbrook School had a total of 39 entries in the Instrumental Classes, and came away with four 1st prizes, eleven 2nd and nine 3rd places – a truly exceptional achievement!”

Even more medals were awarded within the Drama and Speech Classes. With very strong and high numbers of students entering, special congratulations go to:

Aimee Hosein received a distinction and walked away with The Eddowes Cup for her outstanding performance in the ‘Solo Acting not Shakespeare (13 to 14 years)’ class, while Morgan Foster came 3rd and Abbie Evans was commended; Abigail Kinsella achieved 2nd place in the ‘Own Poem Composition’ category; Amelia-Rose Edgley came 1st in ‘Prose Reading Unprepared’; Isabelle Massie, Heba Tariq, Abigail Evans and Mena Lamell all performed to a very high standard and scored over 83 marks and Lotty Bricklebank scored 83 and received a commendation.

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