King’s Ely students shine at annual senior instrumental music festival

The King’s Ely musicians were in top form at this year’s lockdown-friendly senior instrumental music festival.

King’s Ely music director Neil Porter-Thaw and his team were determined that the annual musical extravaganza would continue despite the restrictions, and the result has been impressive.

The festival saw musicians aged 9 to 13 fight in group safety bubbles ahead of the finalists concert, which featured Daniel Millard, Connor Marshall, Sam Trueman, Ayala Gate, Lily McCallum, James Schoenberg, Miriam Reveley , Eleanor MacGillivray, James Wilkinson, Charlotte Bradley and Eleanor Wallace competing for the trophies.

The concert was broadcast live from King’s Ely’s Recital Hall and more than 410 devices from around the world were connected.

The competition was fierce but renowned musician Sarah James, who judged the evening, declared Miriam Reveley (organ) as Senior Instrumentalist of the Year (Walser Trophy), and Eleanor MacGillivray (piano) was highly commended. Ayala Gate (flute) won the title of Intermediate Instrumentalist of the Year (Coupe Walser).

Mr. Porter-Thaw said: “Thank you to everyone who made this festival such a great success. It seems like one good thing to come out of lockdown is the time students spent on their instruments – the improvement in some areas is amazing. We were sorry that Covid restrictions meant the finalists concert was without an audience, but we were delighted to have over 410 devices from around the world tune in on the evening. If you missed the live stream, you’ll be thrilled to hear that the music department will be producing a video to celebrate the students’ performances! »

Music is the beating heart of King’s Ely and is the reason the school came into existence. More than a third of students learn a musical instrument or receive voice lessons and the quality, scope and variety of ensembles testify to the school’s musical pedigree.

The school calendar is full of concerts, workshops and masterclasses led by students and professionals, which, together with the excellence of the school’s cathedral choirs, underline how music is the soul of the community of King’s Ely and testify to its inclusiveness.

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Ayala Gate with Sarah James and Neil Porter-Thaw
Miriam Reveley with Sarah James and Neil Porter-Thaw
The trophies
Eleanor MacGillivray

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