String Prizes 2018

A total of 75 girls performed at this year’s String Prizes, which was the highest number of entries to date.

Held in the beautiful Council Room, the String Prizes began with The Lock Cello Prize and The Olive Woodington Cello Prize. Kaitlin and Souny won these classes with accomplished performances of Saint-Saens and Elgar cello concertos respectively.

The non-music scholar cups were awarded to two violinists; Stephanie (Junior) and Ivy (Senior). The standard of these classes was very impressive with Grade 8 standard works being performed.

The Williams Viola Prize was won by Valerie who captivated our adjudicator Pip Worn (who is also a viola player) with the first movement of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata.

The two violin prizes The Salisbury Violin Prize and The Greenop Medal were won by Vanessa and Valerie. Both girls performed virtuosic works with command over their instruments.

This year two new prizes were introduced. The Harp / Double Bass / Guitar prize was won by Harpist Symriti, and the inaugural Dominic Hawley Lower College String Prize was won by violinist Guinevere, for her performance of Chanson de Matin by Elgar. The Head of Lower College, Mrs Oosthuizen, presented this prize along with our Head of Music Mr Hawley, which was a lovely moment.

The coveted Advanced String Open Prize was the most competitive class; violinist Hannah won first place. The magnificent standard and the wide range of pieces performed meant that the audience were treated to a fantastic concert.

Many thanks to all the visiting music teachers for their teaching on what was a superb day.

A huge thank you Miss Baldock, Miss Harper, Mr Jones and Mr Willshire for their fantastic accompanying throughout the day.

After the last award was announced, our adjudicator Pip Worn said: “All the classes today were absolutely wonderful. I've had a fantastic two days - it was a privilege to hear such a high level of playing from the girls. Thank you!"

Mr Bailey, Head of Strings