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Truro High musicians scoop top places at countywide competition

Truro High School musicians have come out on top in the annual Cornwall Music Festival with a dozen first place prizes going to the school’s pupils.

This prestigious music and spoken word festival attracts participants from schools and singing groups across the county providing a platform for amateur musicians and verse speakers of all ages and abilities to showcase their talent.

Sixth Former Karen Chan stole the show in the Piano Recital Class proudly returning to the boarding houses with the M&E Radford Shield. Her impressive repertoire included ‘Prelude and Gigue from Suite No. 1’ by Bach and ‘Sonata in F major: 2nd Movement’ by Mozart. Karen is currently studying for her ABRSM Diploma in Piano.

Winners also included Year 8 Liesl Lingham in the Grade 7 Flute Class, Year 7 Charlotte Haynes in the Guitar Class and Year 7 Lilly Pinkney in the Folk Song Class. Sisters Felicity and Eleanor Hood were celebrating having won the Clayton Memorial Cup in the Instrumental Duet Class.

Year 11 Esmee Loughlin Dickenson’s hard work also paid off with the violinist winning the Orchestral class as part of the Penzance Youth String Orchestra.

Prep 6 Bryher Gemmill’s performance of ‘Chanson de Nuit’ by Elgar saw the young musician storm to victory in the Grade 6 Violin class. Even more impressive, Bryher was up against musicians significantly older than herself in this hotly-contested category.

Our choral verse performers also shone on stage with prizes going to Prep 5 Beatrice Coode for her eloquent rendition of ‘Chocaholic’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Year 7s Saffron Harris and Lucy Marshall in the Poetry Duologue category.

It was a runaway victory for our Prep School in the group verse speaking category with both prep 5 & 6 taking both top spots. Prep 6 won the Barbara Fairhurst Trophy with ‘Everything Touches’ by Roger McGough narrowly beating Prep 5 who placed second in the category.

Director of Music, Mr Rob Norman said: “The standard of music played at Truro High is extremely impressive from our youngest performers through to our most accomplished musicians. Results like this are a testament to the girls’ talent and dedication and I am incredibly proud that they continue to surpass themselves year on year.”

Published by: Grace Kennard

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