A Grand Night of Singing

Published on 6 April 2011 Categories: Senior School,  Music & Drama,  Extra-Curricular

The Jack Martin Music AuditoriumOn Monday evening the assembled audience of pupils, music teachers, family members, staff and friends were entertained by this year's Singing Competition final.

As the number of participants who enter the qualifying rounds is always high those who sing in the finals are all winners, and the standard of singing experienced reflected this.

This year the competition was adjudicated by Libby Crabtree, who has performed in London's West End as well as with many Early Music groups. She has made many solo recordings over 20 years including the Pie Jesu from Faure's Requiem with Yan Pascal Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Now living in Scotland she regularly performs with many choral societies and often appears in the Edinburgh International Festival.

Libby provided really positive feedback to all the singers and remarked on the maturity of all the evening's performers' performances, but there had to be winners.

Fiona Croal (S2) won the S1–S2 Girls' Competition with her renditions of Something Wonderful from The King and I and Fair House of Joy by Quilter. The George Robertson Prize for Singing (S3–S4 Boys) was won by Alex Booth (S4) who sang Somewhere from Bernstein's West Side Story. The Alice Robertson Prize for Singing (S3–S4 Girls) was won by Fiona Yelland (S4) with Caro Mio Ben by Giordani and Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

After the interval the Senior pupils from S5 and S6 took to the floor. Tom Mullins (S5) won the Boy's Competition with Mozart's Deh Vieni Alla Finestra and Lerner and Loewe's Almost Like Being in Love from Brigadoon. The Girls' Competition was won by Faith Waddell (S5) who sang Mozart's Una Donna A Quindici Anni and Velia from Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow.

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