Wonderful weekend of music at Abbots Bromley School

Kacper and Georgia preparing for the Woodard Musician of the Year competition

Talented students from Abbots Bromley School were involved in three diverse musical events over the weekend of 6th and 7th May.

On Saturday afternoon, Georgia Barnes and Kacper Madejek participated in the Woodard Schools’ Young Musician of the Year Competition which took place at The University of Birmingham. Georgia performed a vocal solo of ‘On My Own’ and Kacper performed ‘Fantasie-Impromptu’ by Chopin on the piano.  The standard of the competition was extremely high and it was a very difficult decision for the adjudicators, who included Julian Lloyd-Webber. Congratulations to the eventual winner who attends Ardingly College in Sussex and to Georgia and Kacper who gave such fantastic performances.

On the same afternoon, members of the school’s choir performed at the wedding of former student Nicki Grint to Karl Foster, a service which took place in the school’s stunning chapel.

On Saturday evening, 17 members of the school’s two choirs (Cadence and Cantoria) performed in a concert at Chelmsford Cathedral in a performance entitled, “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing”.

The programme was extremely varied and included “Fly Away Over the Sea” by Holst, “Psalm 23” by Schubert and “Gaelic Blessing” by Rutter. Rosie Vinter, Graduate Organist at Abbots Bromley School, spoke of her pride in the students’ performance: “All the girls were fantastic ambassadors for the school – they worked really hard, sang beautifully and their behaviour was exemplary. I hope they enjoyed singing the concert as much as the audience enjoyed listening to them. They were outstanding.” Rosie also expressed her thanks to Laurence Lyndon-Jones, Chris Strange, Keren Hollier, the Cathedral Girls’ Choir and the choir parents for their generosity and hospitality over the weekend.

The stunning chapel of Abbots Bromley School where this weekend’s wedding took place

The students also learned a lot from the experience as Jessica Sheppard explained,

“Singing with a different choir was really insightful. It was awesome.”

New Principal of Abbots Bromley School, Maggie Shackleton, congratulated all students and members of staff.

“To have such a range of music performances over one weekend is extraordinary.  Well done to all involved and thank you to our dedicated members of staff for supporting all students involved in this weekend’s events. Thank you in particular to Tom Dobney (the school’s Director of Music), Rosie Vinter (Graduate Organist) and Tor Hawley (Head of Sixth Form)”.