23.05.16 - School Choir Scoops Four Awards at Derby Arts Festival

Judges at Derby Arts Festival showered our students with praise as our school choir scooped four awards, including the coveted Shenton Memorial Cup for Secondary School Choirs.

Held at St John the Evangelist Church in Derby on Friday 6th May and now in its 108th year, Derby Arts Festival is an annual contest that gives talented amateur performers the chance to shine. More than 1,000 young people participated in the music, dance and drama talent contest in 2016.

Among those talents are our school choir, made up of 20 students from years throughout the Senior School. The students walked away with the “Hymn Singing Award”, “Gospel Choir Award”, “Recital Class Award” and the W.G. Briggs Cup for “Best Individual Item”  with their performance of  Elgar’s ‘The Snow’.

Miss Lee and Mr Swindell accompanied the school choir on the day and said: “The students were triumphant and should be extremely pleased with their achievement. The adjudicator described their showcase as a ‘really fine performance’ and we certainly agree.”

Other Ockbrook School achievements at the Derby Arts Festival this year included: Jane Beal and Farren Turner doing extremely well in several of the vocal sections; Lotty Bricklebank (2nd place, Piano Solo – Novice); Edric Garner (1st place, Piano Solo – Grade 1); Emily Lamont (3rd place, Piano Solo – Grade 2-3); Isabella Rigby, Aimee Hosein and Shinita Lam (3rd place, Small Groups Yr13 under); Perran Garner (3rd place, Piano Solo – Grade 4-5); Shinita Lam, Yuan Lian (1st & 2nd place respectively, Piano Solo – Grade 6-8). This marks an incredible end to this year’s festival and we’d like to congratulate everyone involved.

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