Written by Editorial Intern Leah Alger
70 highly talented children from across Berkshire hosted the inaugural LVS Ascot Festival of Music yesterday. The event was open to young musicians and was a celebration of superb performances from children aged 7 to 18.
Windsor Piano School embraced the newly formed event, sending their students to take part on Saturday with Musical Director, Richard Furstenhiem, at the Royal Chapel. Two of the schools proud students won awards – Rana Abid-Ali taking the Junior Piano Section with her performance of Xiong Mao and Hannah Koe winning the Intermediate Piano Section with Billie’s Song. The final award of the day went to home talent Joel Nonoo from LVS Ascot, courtesy of a breathtaking rendition of Chopin’s Waltz in B Minor.
Composer Dr Guy Bunce enjoyed listening to a diverse range of instruments and performances. There was some amazing singing and instrumental performances from other LVS Ascot students, although the four awards went to students visiting from other schools in the area – the students being Isabella Swain’s performance of I Want It Now! from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory secured the Vocal Section prize for the student from Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire, whilst the Junior Instrumental Section went to violin-playing Jessica Needs.
Viktoria Munn’s saxophone rendition of Dreams Of You was the top Senior Instrumental Section performance whilst cellist Yi Ann Yeung’s performance of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Memory, from Cats, won her the Intermediate Instrumental Section and also the Best Overall Musician trophy for the whole weekend.
“It was extremely pleasing to see months of hard work and planning finally come together, but even more wonderful to hear so many excellent performances from so many talented young musicians who had clearly worked very hard to prepare for the festival and achieve the best they possibly could. There were some truly exceptional performances from many youngsters” said LVS Ascot’s Master in Charge of Piano and Keyboard, James Bryant.
The event was such a great success LVS Ascot is already planning a winners’ concert before the end of the academic year.