In the key stage 4 category we had Liam, a year 11 student who has gathered a range of experience in the past couple of years, from recording studios, to recital evenings, concerts, open evenings and even for a theatre performance of Mother Goose by MATE producitons. Liam played the theme from the computer game Final Fantasy 10 called “To Zanarkand” by Nobuo Uematsu on the piano. This was also the piece Liam performed for his GCSE coursework. Liam played it beautifully and gave a dramatic performance. He was complimented by the judges for how well he sustained a pause within the music, whether or not it was intentional didn’t matter.
In the key stage 3 category, we entered Josh, a year 9 student who displays a talent on his instrument that is rare to see in someone his age. Josh began learning guitar when he started school here, and in 3 years has developed into an excellent musician. He has since played open evenings, concerts, charity events and along with Liam, played ukulele for a MATE productions play.
Josh played “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, a piece which requires a guitarist who can switch between multiple styles of play. After an initial technical glitch, Josh played with confidence and a high level of skill. The judges praised Josh for playing an electric instrument and that it was actually refreshing to hear Metallica in the same line up as Handel and Bach.
Both musicians did our school and the music department proud, especially for choosing to perform music that they enjoy and relate to.