Dudley Music Festival of Music and Dance
Although a lot of classes were cancelled due to the snow, the hardy amongst us managed to get to Dudley Festival of Music and Dance this year.
Congratulations to the following pupils who gained First Places:
Class 94 Brass Solo Grades 2-3 – Annabel L, playing Thank You For Your Music
Class 95 Brass Solo Grades 4-5 – William F, playing Hedwig’s Theme
Class 110 Songs from Musicals 10 Yrs – Olivia O, singing Just You Wait from the musical My Fair Lady
Class 115 Vocal Solo 13 Years – Philippa F, singing Ophelia’s Song by Elizabeth Maconchy
“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).
In recent ABRSM exams, 36 children passed music grades, many of them with merit and distinction. Two pupils achieved Grade 4, and three Grade 5. The results are fantastic, especially as all of the children are under 13!