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Truro High musicians scoop top prizes at countywide competition

Truro High School musicians and performers have come out on top in the annual Cornwall Music Festival with nearly 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.

Our flautists stole the show in the Instrumental Ensemble class heading back to school with the CMF Trophy in the clutches. Under the expert conducting skills of their music teacher Mrs Hanley, the 10-strong group put in a stunning performance to win this coveted prize.

Winners also included Year 11 Madalena in the folk song class, Prep 4 Victoria in the Grade 2/3 violin/viola solo class, Year 11 Helena in the 13 – 16 vocal solo class and Year 8 Charlotte in the classical guitar solo class.

Year 8 Bryher’s hard work paid off with violinist gaining a distinction and proudly taking home the Garstin Cup in the grade 7 violin/viola solo class. It’s an exciting time for the young musician who will this Easter be heading off to her next residential course with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain in preparation for their upcoming concert at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on 13 April. 

There’s no rest for the young singer who has performed at a huge number of prestigious concerts around the country since winning a sought-after spot with this national choir. Bryher says that she loves being part of this amazing group and is particularly looking forward to their next performance in August, which will see the choir perform with Florence and the Machine.

Our choral verse performers also shone on stage with first place prizes going to Prep 5 Daisy for her rendition of Charles Causley’s ‘Frost on the Flower’, Prep 5 Lauren with ‘The Dark’ by Adrian Henri and Prep 6s Jess and Lola for their fabulous duologue of ‘Best Friends’ by Bernard Young.

Truro High was strongly represented in the duologue class which saw the top four out of fourteen places going to our Prep 6 pupils.

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 ‘Titanic’ by Gillian Clarke narrowly beating Prep 5 who placed second in the category. Prep 3 & 4 also proudly headed back to school with silverware for the marvellous retelling of the traditional ‘Story of St Piran’.

Our String Trio also put in a stunning performance of ‘Largo (New World Symphony)’ to take home silver whilst the Chamber Choir were delighted to receive a podium place in the hotly-contested Senior School Choirs 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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