Students return to the stage for festival finale
A clean sweep of top awards at a local music festival has been followed by an outstanding finale at the Woking Young Musician of the Year competition as sixth formers from Godalming College once again demonstrated the depth of their talent in front of a live audience.
Last weekend Elizabeth Rogers, who had already won the prestigious Most Promising Young Singer Award was invited to perform a solo recital, and received both the Wendy Cane Memorial prize and a cheque for £200. Trombonist Jane Salmon also returned to the Woking stage as a finalist in the prestigious young musician competition which was adjudicated by renowned pianist Vanessa Latarche.
Dominic Sewell, head of music at the college, says, “Godalming has celebrated competitors in this competition for two successive years which is an outstanding achievement. Jane performed with beautiful tone and projection while Elizabeth entertained the crowd with an engaging performance bursting with energy and thoroughly deserved her spot in the limelight. All the students who have represented us at the Woking Festival deserve recognition for the high quality of their performances and many are hoping to continue their musical studies at university.”
The recent Festival saw the college’s vocalists and instrumentalists recognised as outright winners in nine categories; this included the brass ensemble who won the Balfour Cup, the madrigal singers who were double award winners, and the chamber choir who once again showed why they are top of the class by scooping both the best school and college choir of 2008 and the best overall choir in the competition. Ex-student Amy Turk, last year’s winner of the Young Musician of the Year competition will be performing a concerto with the Woking Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 28 March at the HG Wells Centre, Woking.