Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance
Over the course of two weekends in the Lent term, Winterfold has been represented at the 59th Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance.
This year, the School has accumulated a record breaking 10 trophies for individual and group classes. Both the Winterfold House School Chamber and Girls’ Harmony Choir came home with The Coseley Male Voice Choir Trophy and the Cecil Drew Trophy for ‘excellent choral work’.
The Girls’ Harmony Choir in particular, wowed the adjudicators, as they attained a phenomenal 91 marks from 100 for their un-conducted close harmony renditions of Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and For Good from the musical Wicked. The adjudicator remarked that for that particular performance, she could not continue to write, as she had to sit and listen to their skillful performance.
During the first weekend of classes for children taking part in individual vocal and instrumental classes, Winterfold were just as successful. Olivia Leung attained first place and the Helen Bailey Cup in her woodwind class with her beautiful, ‘thought provoking and well-articulated’ ‘Rondeau’, played on the clarinet. Alex Witt then stormed into first place playing Allegro Appasionato on the saxophone – bringing home the Solihull School Saxophone Trophy. The adjudicator remarked that Alex had a remarkable range with good dynamics and clear tone. William Phillips engaged the room with his trumpet playing, coming home with the James Hough Trophy.
In class 94, Brass Solo Grade 2-3, Winterfold held all candidate places. However, although all four candidates played beautifully and were all very closely marked, there could only be one winner – that was Charlie Maguire on the Trombone, playing the toe tapping Tennessee Rag. Charlie came home with the Sedgley Townswomen’s Guild Trophy. Luke Culwick impressed his adjudicator with his ‘magnificent tone’ on his E flat bass, winning the Amblecote Trophy in his category.
The last weekend of the Festival was just as successful as the first. Rosie Brookes won the Roland Dean Trophy for her beautiful portrayal of the classic song The Water is Wide arranged by Bullard. This was not Rosie’s only success, as she later went on to win the Violin Solo class for children 12 years and under. For this, she played Concerto in G Op 3 No 3 1st Movement, Allegro by Vivaldi, from memory. The adjudicator remarked that although the standard of the class had been extremely high, with many of the competitors playing Grade 7 pieces, Rosie was ‘clearly, and without doubt’ worthy of the Evelyn Cliff Cup.
Olivia Leung sang a Grade 6 song in the Vocal Solo 11-12 years class. Needless to say, Olivia’s performance was truly magical, as she mesmerised the audience with Chilcott’s Time of Snow, for which Olivia won the Freda Round Cup.
“A school jazz band with an average age of 12 has reached the finals of the National Youth Music Festival.
‘The Groove Diggers’ are made up of pupils from Winterfold House School in Chaddesley Corbett and all the members are aged 13 and below.
The regional rounds of the festival were held in Shrewsbury in March and judges described the group’s performance as ‘simply spine-tingling’.
All the final acts have been selected from children up to 18 years of age from the entire country and the Groove Diggers will be performing at Birmingham Town Hall in July.
The band went onto win the National Partnership Jazz Award for the most promising jazz act in the whole competition. The prize was a trip to the Royal Albert Hall and an upcoming performance at the Symphony Hall.” – Worcester News.
Both Groove Diggers and Off Beats were highly recommended for their outstanding performances at the Music For Youth Festival in Cheltenham. The bands went into the pool from the whole country for only 6 places in the final.
Off Beats, were put through to the National Final, performing in the Finals Showcase at Birmingham Town Hall in the Open Jazz and Soul Event which showcases the best school bands from primary to 18 year olds (Off-Beats are the only band in the younger bracket).
Every year, we have two sessions for ABRSM exam entry. Our drummers and bass guitar pupils sit Rock School exams. Well over 80 pupils sit exams every year, with a few reaching the heights of Grade 7 and 8. Exams are celebrated in assembly and often appear in local and national press.
Scholarships and Awards to Senior Schools
Winterfold has had a hugely successful track record of scholarships and awards to Senior Schools over the last decade. These have included top awards to Bromsgrove, King’s School, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Rugby, Stowe, Cheltenham College and RGS Worcester. Our pupils have also been awarded places at specialist music schools, such as Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
Winterfold offers music awards for Year 6 pupils moving into Year 7.