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More musical awards from the Torbay Music Festival

Posted: 5th March 2024

More accolades are coming out of the Torbay Music Festival! 

Andrew in Third Form participated in 5 piano competitions on the 24-25 February and 2 March and won 2 cups plus a gold medal and 3 silver medals. The gold medals were won for the classes of “grades 7-8” and “under 11 years-20 and 21st century composers” gaining marks in the outstanding category for impressive performances. He also played a grade 8 piece, The Dance number 2 from the 6 dances in Bulgarian rhythm by Bela Bartok. The silver medals were won with honours for excellent performance in the categories of 16 years and under, baroque, classical and open piano own choice.

Andrew’s brother, Simon, an Upper One pupil, participated in 7 piano classes and 2 violin classes on the 24-25 February and 2-3 March and won medals in all of them. In piano, which his first instrument, Simon won the cup and gold medal in the classes of “under 10 years – piano solo own choice”, “under 8 years – piano solo own choice” and “under 9 years – 20th and 21st century composers”. He also won silver medal in the classes “under 9 years – piano solo own choice”, “grade 4 piano” and “under 9 years-piano from memory”, as well as bronze in “under 11 years-piano sonata/sonatina.
For violin, his second instrument, which he started to learn last year thanks to the Exeter School String Instrument Scheme, Simon won the bronze medal in the classes of “Grades 1 & 2 any string instrument” and “under 9 years violin”.

In all the classes, all medals were won with honours, given for excellent performance. In some of the pictures, the boys are pictured with their piano teacher, Polina Shifrina.

Grace in Upper One won the first, second and third place in the violin competition’s classes of “9 years and under”, “11 years and under” and “Grades 5-6 sections”. A special mention goes out for her performance of ‘The Boy Paganini’ which impressed the audience. A special thanks to her violin teacher Catherine for her commitment and support.

Our Upper One pupils are definitely a musical bunch as we also had Taylor participating for the first time in a public competition. He took part in four piano classes – the “under 11 sonatina”, the “under 9 from memory”, the “under 9 duet” and “Grade 5-6 section”. Taylor managed to win 1st place in three of them and a 3rd place in class “Grade 5-6”. His proud parents say “Taylor loves music so much and we believe this experience will greatly enrich his musical journey”.


Well done to all on these amazing achievements.


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