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Music Competition

Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the Music Competition this month. There were so many fine performances and the standard was extremely high indeed. Thank you also to Pickering and District Rotary Club for their support, and to Gareth Hudson, our experienced adjudicator, for coping well with making some tough decisions, and also providing excellent individual feedback to competitors.

Congratulations to the following pupils who were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category:

Key Stage 3
  1. Conor Lally (Cornet)
  2. Rebekah Lally (Soprano)
  3. Lauryn Lee (Soprano)
Key Stage 4
  1. Hannah Richardson (Soprano)
  2. Jay Lee (Soprano)
  3. Guy Harris (Alto saxophone)

As the best placed singer and instrumentalist in each category, Conor Lally and Rebekah Lally (KS 3) and Hannah Richardson and Guy Harris (KS 4), will be invited to represent Pickering and District Rotary Club in the North Yorkshire round of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition. This will be held on Saturday 8th March at the National Early Music Centre in York. It is a wonderful venue, and the standard of competition is very high, but I have no doubt that all four pupils will represent the school and Pickering Rotary well.

Below is the full programme presented by the finalists:


Martha Walker (Violin) Donkey Doodle – William Kroll

Lucinda Ward (Soprano) Titanium – David Guetta

Alice Horncastle (Flute) Poco Allegro – John Stanley

Philippa Williamson (Bb Cornet) Humoresque – Antonin Dvorak

Lauryn Lee (Soprano) Popular (from Wicked) – Stephan Schwartz

Rebekah Lally (Soprano) A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Manning Sherwin

Lizzie Dore (Bb Trumpet) Softly Awakes My Heart – Camille Saens-Saints

Emma Audsley (Piano) Allegro – Lennox Berkeley

Dan Towler (Piano) Barrelhouse Blues – Tim Richards

Conor Lally (Bb Cornet) Share My Yoke – Joy Webb


Jay Lee (Soprano) There are Worse Things I Could Do (from Grease) – Jim Jacobs

Rebekah McGinlay (Soprano) The Riddle (from The Scarlet Pimpernel) – Frank Wildhorn

Jonathan Little (Piano) East Coast Blues – Nikki Iles

Daniel Potter (Tenor Horn) The Carousel – Roy Newsome

Hannah Richardson (Soprano) The Life I Never Led (from Sister Act) – Alan Menken

Guy Harris (Alto Saxophone) Solvejgs Lied (from Peer Gynt) – Edvard Grieg

Elise Symes-Turnbull (Soprano) Domine Deus (from Gloria) – Antonio Vivaldi

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