Wembury Primary Wows Music Festival
Children from Wembury Primary School recently entered classes in the 25th Saltash Music, Speech and Drama Festival and won nearly all their classes.
The Key Stage 2 choir was awarded the highest marks and the Saltash Youth Council Cup for an outstanding performance both technically and artistically. The adjudicator, Melanie Armistead, praised the choir for clear words, a full sound, effective dynamics that reflected the words and exciting use of vocal jungle sounds to create an atmosphere at the start and close of ‘Wimoweh’. The instrumentalists who accompanied the choir were commended for their energetic and committed playing and there was a special mention for Kieran Smith [Year 5] who played the guitar accompaniment for ‘Stand By Me’ with confidence and skill. Ms Armistead compared the effect of their performance to the bubbles in champagne!
At the end of the Festival the choir was awarded not only the F.W Holliday Memorial Shield for best youth choir but also the Townswomen’s Guild Shield for best choir overall.
Singer Meris Ward [Year 6] won the Saltash Young Stagers Cup for her expressive interpretation of ‘Colours of the Wind’, whilst Chloe Kirtley [Year 6] was awarded a Festival Cup for a confident, controlled performance of ‘The Boat to Inverie’ on violin and Tom Hyndman [Year 6] won The Norman and Muriel Nicholson Cup for his characterful piano playing in ‘Blue Sky Blues’. Haydon Shepherd [Year 5] was highly commended for his ‘grandiose’ trumpet tone and Cerys Williams [Year 6] for her animated vocal presentation. Javier Hardwick [Year 6] was awarded The Sheila King and Geoffrey Knox Cup for his sensitive performance of ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ on alto saxophone. In her feedback to Javier, the instrumental adjudicator, Helen Deakin, remarked that he sounded as though he was singing through his saxophone. High praise indeed!
It was the first time that pupils from Wembury Primary had taken part in a competitive festival. Head Teacher Susie Evans and music specialist Noelle Boucherat felt that the experience had been positive for the children, due in great part to the constructive feedback and supportive remarks from the adjudicators, which both informed and encouraged children and teachers alike.
The success at Saltash reflects the fact that music is celebrated and encouraged at Wembury Primary. Susie Evans says that “We recognise the positive contribution that music can make to the life of the school and that it helps to support personal and social development as well as leading to higher standards across the curriculum.”
Further musical events that Wembury Primary will be involved with this year include: Wembury Battle of the Bands [March 7th]; Wembury PlayDay [March 25th]; a project with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment [April / May]; BBC Ten Pieces; the Philharmonia Orchestra iOrchestra project [May / June].