Music Competition 2020

The annual music competition took place this evening with a host of sparkling and highly polished performances from across the School community. It was an utter delight to hear courageous, engaging and captivating performances across a wide range of instruments. The adjudicator mentioned in particular from the Grade V-VII category: Lucy, Adam and Willem who, despite not winning in this category, were utterly captivating and communicative in their delivery. Runner up was Sophie with her interpretation of Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ which demonstrated some invigorating stride piano techniques. The winners’ cup was awarded to Nathan Man for his performance of ‘Oblivion’ by Piazzolla during which he masterfully demonstrated sustaining lyricism and rich quality of tone.

The Grade VIII+ category was won by Edward for his performance of Chopin’s Etude No.5 in Gb major. His energy and all-consuming fire during the performance impressed the adjudicator and he narrowly beat Daniel, the runner up, who gave an equally vivacious performance of the Elgar cello concerto second movement. The adjudicator also commended Eleanor for her moving interpretation of ‘Silent Noon’ by Vaughan Williams and William for his use of interpretive rubato in ‘Doctor Gradus Ad Paranassum’ by Debussy.

It seemed a great shame to declare a winner as the evening flew by showcasing exciting talent and dedicated musicians, all worthy of praise and commendation. It was yet again testament to the brilliance and admirable character of the musicians at KES. The audience could not have asked for a more engaging and more impressive evening of creative magic. Thank you to each and every one of the performers and congratulations to our winners.