In the second week of August the St Mary’s College Music Department took part in the KBB Music Festival at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Of the three groups who performed, the St Mary’s Chamber Orchestra and Senior Orchestra received Gold Awards, and the Concert Band received a Silver Award. The Chamber Orchestra was also one of four groups in their category to be selected to perform at the Gala Concert.
Notably, this was St Mary’s first-ever Gold Award from KBB for the Senior Orchestra, which was a testament to their hard work and dedication. A special congratulations to Jane Wright, Director of Orchestras, for her efforts in preparing the group.
The judges wrote that the Concert Band delivered, “a delightful programme which highlights the marvellous work you have done. Your ensemble is very aligned rhythmically, with acute attention to rhythmic groupings across the sections.”
The Chamber Orchestra had “Great musical playing - open and communicative. Such a beautiful sound and consistent musicianship. Please play a longer programme next time!” The judges gave the ensemble impressive marks of 14/15 for Presentation and 22/25 for Musicianship.
The orchestra performed an “expertly prepared programme which was a real pleasure to listen to. Brass and winds play as one sound - excellent tone and balance. String sections unified in approach.” The orchestra was nominated for “Best Performance of a Romantic Work” for Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, and “Outstanding Soloist” for Year 13 Antonia Grant’s violin solo on Monti’s Czardas.
St Mary’s College wishes to congratulate all students and teachers for their hard work throughout the year preparing for the festival. This was a great representation of the musical efforts and achievements of St Mary’s College students.
Rachel Snelling, HOD Instrumental Music and Ben Zilber, HOD Academic Music.
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