String Prizes and String Faculty Concert

STRING PRIZES

This year's String Prizes were held on 23rd November in the Council Room. The event was particularly enjoyable this year, as our adjudicator Mrs Vyvyan Lucas is a Guild member. Having studied at the Royal College of Music, it was stupendous to have Mrs Lucas come back to College to offer us some fantastic advice.

The day included eight wonderful classes, presenting a wide variety of repertoire from some of Vivaldi’s work for the Violin to a Cello rendition of I Got Rhythm by Gershwin. Girls from all years in College took advantage of this marvellous opportunity to play in front of an enthusiastic and supportive audience of fellow musicians, girls, teachers and parents. As ever, this year’s String Prizes were a great success and a real exhibition of the developing talents at College.

Elizabeth Bell, SFC2

PRIZES

JUNIOR STRING OPEN CLASS for non-music award holders in Lower College and UC4 and all string instruments
1st - Naomi Chang (violin)
Joint 2nd - Victoria Hsu (Harp) and Arabella Weiglhofer (violin)

THE SALSBURY VIOLIN PRIZE
1st - Jasmine Adams
2nd - Charmaine Chang
Highly Commended - Amy Oh

THE LOCK CELLO PRIZE
1st - Elizabeth Green
2nd - Jane Tio 
Highly Commended - Sarah Bailey

THE WILLIAMS VIOLA PRIZE
1st - Jasmine Adekola

SENIOR STRING OPEN CLASS for non-music award holders in UC5 and SFC and all string instruments
1st - Jenny Wang (violin)
2nd - Jacqueline Blinoff (harp)

THE OLIVE WOODINGTON CELLO PRIZE
1st - Alexia Dunley
2nd - Yuka Saji

THE GREENOP VIOLIN MEDAL
1st - Hannah Brooks-Hughes
2nd - Jeannie Lam

ADVANCED STRING OPEN CLASS including music award holders
Open to all ages and all string instruments, including former prizewinners 
Joint 1st - Kamsi Adichie (violin) and Maia Jones (cello)
2nd - Jeannie Lam (viola)

Mrs Lucas was very impressed with all the playing she heard and thoroughly enjoyed her day with us. Congratulations to all who took part.

STRING FACULTY CONCERT

After the String Prizes earlier in the week, girls from the String Faculty presented a Lunchtime Concert on Friday 25th November.

The programme was a celebration of ensemble items, including the Senior String Ensemble performing Mozart, followed by a String Quartet playing the Scherzo from Dvořák’s American’ Quartet Opus 96. We were then treated to a wonderful harp duo, followed by a violin and viola duet playing the famous Passacaglia in G major by Handel. The Guitar Club ended the concert performing Something from Nothing by the Foo Fighters, which sent everyone away with lifted spirits and ready for afternoon lessons.

All the girls showcased their musical talents wonderfully and the event was enjoyed by all who were present.

Miss Harper, Head of Strings