Top Talent Shines in Music Competitions

Published on 5 May 2010 by Mrs Fiona MacFarlane Categories: Senior School,  Music & Drama,  Upper Primary,  Junior School,  Music

Close-up of girl playing violinThis year’s Singing Competition and Young Musician of the Year Competition provided everyone who attended with unparalleled musical entertainment. The standard of musicianship and musicality exhibited by our pupils continues to improve every year, and even the decisions on who progressed from the preliminary heats to the finals were not easily made. As both adjudicators said, “everyone who took part was already a winner”.

We were lucky that former pupil, Malcolm Martineau (Class of 1977) was able to join us considering his hectic worldwide schedule of musical performances. He is recognised as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, having worked with many of the world’s greatest singers.

The job presented to him in judging the four categories was not an easy one, and he provided the singers with helpful feedback on their performances, which will help them in the future.

The winners were:

  The Alice Robertson Prize for Singing (S1–S3 Girls) Gemma Jones (S2)
  Prize for Singing (S1–S3 Boys) Alex Booth (S3)
  The Moonie Memorial Singing Prize and Cup (S4–S6 Boys) Craig Donoghue (S6)
  The Melrose Singing Prize & The Begg Trophy (S4–S6 Girls) Faith Waddell (S4)

The difficult task of judging the Young Musician of the Year Competition fell to Margaret Donaldson, former Head of Music at both Fettes College Junior School and The Edinburgh Academy Junior School.

The musicians presented a very varied repertoire and Margaret provided each of the musicians with extremely positive feedback. The audience was glad that the decisions regarding the winners fell to her and the following pupils won:

  The Sheila Young Trophy (Junior School) Hannah Elliott (P6) Piano
  The Riada Trust Cup (S1 & S2) Feiya Hu (S1) Violin
  The Viktor Pechar Cup (S3 & S4) Megan Bruce (S4) Violin
  The Robin Adair Memorial Quaich (S5 & S6) Elinor Evans (S6) Clarsach

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