Three Cathedral School pupils performed brilliantly at the Tamworth & District Competitive Music Festival last week - Alexander Crawford (Year 4), Millie White (Year 5) and James Adams (Year 10).
Millie: Taking part in the Vocal Classes - Musical Theatre Song category, Millie sang beautifully. She achieved 84 for ‘Where is love’ and 85 for ‘Part of your world’ resulting in a fantastic First Place award.
Alexander: In the Recital Class Alexander played Bach, Prelude and Fugue No 10 - Mozart, Sonata in C (First movement) - Schumann, Knight Rupert. This was a highly competitive open class and Alex competed against experienced musicians playing to a very high standard. Alexander scored an impressive 82 / merit.
In the Concerto Class Alexander played Kabalevsky’s 3rd Piano Concerto (Youth Concerto), first movement, with Tanya Hilton (Alexander’s piano teacher) playing the part of the orchestra. This was Alexander’s first concerto performance and he was the only child competing in this class - his competitors were experienced musicians who were at least 40 years of age. Alexander was awarded 3rd place and was graded 84 / commended. In the Piano Solo (Own Choice - Age 9 and Under) class, Alexander played - Debussy, Le Petit Negre and Glover, Indian Pony Race and was awarded First Place.
In the Piano Composer of the Year Class, Alexander played Beethoven’s, Fur Elise. Again competing against a group of experienced adult musicians where the standard was very high, Alexander achieved a distinction grade at 88 marks and was awarded joint third place with one of the adults. Finally, in the Piano Duet with Teacher (Grade 4) class, Alexander played Grieg’s
Norwegian Dance Number 2 with Tanya Hilton and was one of three competitors; the others were 15 and 17 years of age. Everyone played very well and were graded only 1 mark apart, all receiving distinctions (87, 88, 89). Alexander won this class, receiving First Place, and scored a high distinction.
James: In only his second competition, James was awarded an excellent First Place in the 20th/21st Century Song Category,
singing Samuel Barber’s Crucifixion. James also achieved two Second Places for Stars from Les Miserables in the Song from
Stage and Screen category and Per la gloria d’adorarvi by Giovanni Bononcini in the Grade 6-8 category.