Mr Swinson, Head of Music
During the period of remote schooling, instrumentalists were invited to compete in String, Woodwind and Brass competitions by submitting video recordings.
In Brass, grades 1 to 3, the winner was Josh Bell (trumpet); with Conor Woodman (trombone) in second place and Emile Guiblin (euphonium) third. Grades 4 to 5 saw Tom Braganza (trombone) in first place; Benjy Gilbert (trumpet) in second; and Theo Chapman (trumpet) third. The grades 6 to 7 group winner was Ben Abraham (trombone), with Lucas Wan (horn) in second, and Simeon Wren (trumpet) third.
In Strings, first place for grades 1 to 3 went to Wilbur Knight (cello), with second prize going to Alex Graham (double bass) and third to Josh Webb (violin). Grades 4 to 6 saw Ethan Hua (violin) in first place, Ben Fletcher (violin) in second, and Esosa Omonbude (violin) in third. Grades 7 to 8 saw Jeremie de Rijk (violin) in first place; Julian Holland (violin) in second; and Edward Warner (cello) in third.
The Woodwind competition, grades 1 to 3 cohort, winner was Joshua Brown (saxophone), with James Banwell (bassoon) second and Callum Beeney (clarinet) third. Meanwhile, in grades 4 to 5, Ethan Campbell (saxophone) took first place, Ioan Edwards (oboe) second, and Lucas Collier (clarinet) third. And, in grades 6 to 8, Benjy Day (flute) took first place, Flynn Knight (saxophone) second and Nathaniel Bond (flute) third.
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