St Austell Music Festival

On Friday 4th December, Penrice musicians took part in the St Austell Festival of Music and Speech, doing exceptionally well! Highlights include:

  • Joseph Barker (cello) performed in a string quartet with Jake Montgomery-Smith (Viola), Ben Webley (Violin) and Max Hamly (violin)
  • Isabella Nash came 3rd in G5/G6 violin solo – this was the first time that she had performed at that level.
  • April Talbot performed a G6 violin solo, a duet with Emily French (Violin) and both played in a violin quartet with the help of Ben Webley and Megan Dawes.
  • Ben Webly won the G3 solo viola class which is a huge achievement as Ben has only recently moved from Violin to Viola.
  • Beth Clarke won the vocal set piece class, came 2nd in G2 flute and won with a recorder trio alongside her sister Emma Clarke and Chloe Farley.
  • Congratulations to Max Hamley who came 2nd in the Grade 5/6 string class. Huge achievement – well done!
  • Emma Clarke won the folk song class, own choice jazz piano class and singing duet class with her sister Beth.
  • Lia Teague won the secondary school Year 7-8 brass class, the open solo and air and variations classes. Lia also achieved the highest mark awarded to a brass player in the festival with 88 marks and she’s only in Year 7!
  • And last but not least, the Harmony Choir, Junior Orchestra and Senior Orchestra all put on fabulous performances which proved again what a talented bunch our students are.

Mr Jones said: “Once again I find myself feeling very proud of our brilliant musicians and of course I remain very grateful to all the instrumental staff both here at Penrice and in the wider community for helping our young musicians achieve so much.”

Picture: Paul Williams – Adjudicator Steven Roberts presents certificates.