11.05.18 - Record Success at Derby Arts Festival

We are over the moon with the achievements at Derby Arts Festival. Our talented students dominated this year’s 110th Festival and achieved 34 awards. It is our best ever result, with a total of 16 trophies, as well as 12 second place awards and six third places. 

Headmaster, Tom Brooksby says: “Ockbrook School has long enjoyed a reputation for its excellence in music and drama, with students progressing to some of the country’s top universities and most recognised institutions.

“I am delighted for all of our students who took part that their hard work and application has been recognised and rewarded. The school’s success is also a reflection of the time and effort applied by our talented teaching staff and the many hours they invest in coaching our students. Well done to all involved.”

In the Instrumental section, our students were awarded 25 podium positions. Ella and Amelie Ratliff, Hayden Kalinins, Edric Garner, Francesca Chambers, Isabel Blockley, Lois Witts and Anabelle Russell all achieved 90 points or higher and were rated ‘outstanding’ for their performances.

Our Senior Choir won the WG Briggs Cup in the Recital Category for ‘Best Individual Item’ and the Festival Cup for ‘Best Gospel Choir’, as well as Thomas Shield for hymn singing.

The competition was tough within the Speech and Drama section, with more than 30 performers in some of the categories. Our students were awarded six podium positions. Primary school students Grace Hindle placed 3rd in verse speaking for children aged seven years, whilst Lotty Bricklebank picked up 2nd in verse speaking from memory in the age 10 years category and for achieving a distinction. Other successes included Abigail Evans, 2nd in verse speaking – 14 & 15 years; Evie Midgley, 3rd prose reading prepared – 12 & 13 years; Dallas Welsh, 3rd in solo acting not Shakespeare – 13 & 14 years; Isabella Rigby and Morgan Foster, 3rd in duologue – 15 years and over.

Jane Ford is our visiting music teacher: “We’ve come to expect that all entrants at Derby Arts Festival are of a superb standard, so competition is always extremely tough. Massive congratulations to all who participated; you worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserved the multitude of compliments you received about how wonderful you all are.”