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St Benedict’s Music Festival 2019

The St Benedict’s Music Festival concluded with the Finalists’ Concert on Friday 15th March in the Orchard Hall, with excellent performances from the winners of each heat.

St Benedict's Music Festival
The finalists with adjudicator Mr MacDougall

The Festival had been running throughout the week, with over 260 solo and group entries adjudicated by tenor and composer Philip O’Meara.

This year’s Finalists’ Concert adjudicator was the tenor, choral animateur and vocal coach Charles MacDougall.

A range of extremely impressive performances presented Mr MacDougall with a formidable task. He congratulated each and every musician as he announced the winners, giving valuable feedback and noting all the elements of a good musical performance, such as communication with the audience, tone, phrasing and how to convey the character and mood of the music.

Music Festival 2019 Results from the Final

Flohouse Cup                                             Katie Gibson (Voice)

Senior Section Cup  (Sixth Form)  

1         Valentina Elner-Kupcha  (Clarinet)

2         Jack Edis (Piano)

3         Conor Moon (Guitar)

Intermediate Section Cup (Years 10 and 11)

1         Duncan Ashby (Marimba)

2         Finley Carty-Howe (Voice)

3         Murdo Duguid (Guitar)

Junior Section Cup (Years 7 to 9)

1         Henry Rust (Clarinet)

2         Grace Rodericks (Voice)

3         Helena Ramsden (Violin)

Concert Programme

Junior Voice                                    

Grace Rodericks                  Memory                   Andrew Lloyd Webber

Junior Percussion                          

Ayodenu Dosumu  (Marimba)            Arrival of the Queen of Sheba            G F Handel                      

Junior Strings                                  

Helena Ramsden  (Violin)              Surprising Variations on a theme         J Haydn/Blackwell

Junior Woodwind                         

Henry Rust (Clarinet)     In Rhythm    Alec Templeton       

Junior Guitar                                   

Harry Manners              Etude No.6    Leo Brouwer

Junior Brass                                     

Luke Hearth (Trombone)     Send in the Clowns            from A Little Night Music Stephen Sondheim

Junior Piano                                    

Saho Matsushita                 Deux Arabesques                 Claude Debussy                                                                                         

Intermediate Piano                                                                                                

Duncan Ashby                     Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum   Claude Debussy 

Intermediate Brass                       
Finley Carty-Howe  (Trumpet)            It Don’t Mean a Thing              Duke Ellington              

Intermediate Guitar                                                                                         

Murdo Duguid                    Una limosnita por Amor de Dios           Agustin Barrios Mangore                                                                                                  

Intermediate Woodwind            

Lucas Holmes   (Oboe)                   Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission  Ennio Morricone

Intermediate Strings                    

Henry Saunders  (Violin)          Introduction and Polonaise         Carl Bohm                                                                                               

Intermediate Percussion             

Duncan Ashby    (Marimba)                  La muerte de Angel     Astor Piazzolla                 

Intermediate Voice                       

Finley Carty-Howe             Empty Chairs at Empty  Tables     Boublil & Schonberg                                                                                   

Senior Strings                            

Bettina Dow    (Harp)   Shule Aroon      Robertson                                                                             

Senior Brass                         

Benedict King (Trumpet)     Concerto in Eb,  3rd Movement     Joseph Haydn                                   

Senior Voice                                   

Katie Gibson                        Art is calling for me    Victor Herbert                

Senior Guitar                  

Conor Moon              There’s only so much oil in the ground Tower of Power

Senior Piano                                    

Jack Edis                                Rhapsody in G Minor Johannes Brahms

Senior Woodwind                         

Valentina Elner- Kupcha  (Clarinet)   Concerto in A, 2nd Movement      Wolfgang A Mozart    

Senior Percussion                                            

Jack Leonard  (Drum kit)        Silly Putty                Stanley Clarke                        

Benedict King   (Xylophone)      Xylophonia   Green, arr. Noguchi  

St Benedict’s School forthcoming events

Sunday 31 March   7.30pm

Mozart Concert

St John’s Smith Square

Tickets available from the St John’s Smith Square Box Office


Wednesday 3 April 11.05am

Junior School Lenten Reflection

Abbey Church


Friday 3 May 7.15pm

Senior School Summer Concert

Orchard Hall


Friday 14 June 7.15pm

Middle School Concert

Orchard Hall


Tuesday 9 July to Saturday 13 July

Senior School Music Tour

Sorrento, Italy


























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