Internally acclaimed musician and Principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire Julian Lloyd Webber has praised the high standard of music teaching and abilities of our pupils here at Repton.
Speaking at our Music Competition Final for which he acted as adjudicator, Professor Lloyd Webber said: “Whatever you are doing here to make it work, it really is!” and before announcing the winner described the standard as “fantastic”.
The competition was divided into two halves, with Junior and Senior sections. The musicians taking part had gone through two previous rounds to gain their places in the final, which was watched by an audience of fellow pupils, staff, parents and members of the public.
Among the competitors were Kyoko Canaway (U6G), who has been offered an organ scholarship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In the competition, Kyoko played flute and piano, performances which led Julian Lloyd Webber to say: “Cleary she has a big talent.”
Another competitor in the Senior section was cellist Kathryn Monteiro (U6F) who, after auditioning at Conservatoires and Music Colleges and being offered places at many, is to study at the Royal College of Music.
In announcing the winners and commenting on each individual performance Julian Lloyd Webber acknowledged that not everyone would agree with his choices but explained he was judging entirely on what he had heard on the night.
Winner of the Junior competition was pianist Harry Scutt (3N), whose performance of Debussy’s Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum was described by Professor Lloyd Webber as “very assured” and “very professional”.
Drummer Joe Jarvis (L6O) was awarded the Senior title for his performance of The Solo II, a piece he had composed himself with our Contemporary Music teacher Mr Richard Fairbrother. Commenting on his performance, Julian Lloyd Webber said it was “confident and fluent … totally impressive.”
Many of the young performers were accompanied by our school accompanist, Jeremy Woodside, who played the school’s Steinway piano for vocalists, horn, viola and trombone players, among others. He was praised for his skilful performances by Julian Lloyd Webber as well as Oliver Walker, our Director of Music, and by Headmaster Alastair Land.
Both Mr Land and Mr Walker thanked Professor Lloyd Webber and spoke of their admiration and pride in the standard of all the musicians.
“The competition saw a fabulous array of performances,” Oliver Walker said. “It was a wonderful evening that provided a glimpse of the outstanding abilities of our pupils and the staff who teach them. We are very proud of these and our many other very talented musicians.”