Four talented King’s piano players hit the perfect notes when they won a number of categories at the Alderley Edge Music Festival.
The youngest to tickle the ivories was Harriet Bright aged just six from Prestbury who produced a bold and nerveless performance in the Prep Test category, brilliantly performing the joyful ‘Train Ride’ by Sarah Watts. Practise makes perfect for Harriet as she plays her piano both before and after school and as she was quick to add: “Twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays.”
Another keen to perfect her talent is eight-year-old Cora Seth, who showed a delicate touch in her playing the lyrical ‘Gypsy Song’ by Bryan Kelly.
Year 9 pupil Ben Sneddon, who plays in King’s Big Band and Jazz Band, won the Grade 6 and 7 category and hopes to spend a summer at Chetham’s summer camp. A sultan of swing, Ben enjoys all types of music but says his first love is jazz.
Grade 8 piano winner at the Festival was pupil Aisling Day who not only won in the piano category but the superb all round talent also won the Grade 8 Cello and Grade 8 Cello and Double Bass sections.
Aisling has been playing for seven years and said: “I practise every day but after listening to Harriet and Cora I am going to work even harder!”
King’s Junior Department also won in the woodwind section at the Music Festival with their wonderful Woodwind Wonders ensemble. The 25 piece group won the Large Ensemble Category with a Distinction, performing ‘Spread a Little Happiness’, ‘Yesterday’ and the theme from ‘The Great Escape’ and were praised for their impeccable tuning, expression and ability to balance both the melody and harmony.
King’s piano teacher Jo Beesley, who helps develop the school’s young talent, said: “The festival was a super opportunity for the young musicians to perform. They were delighted to win, but more importantly, the experience added extra incentive to their practice; they enjoyed hearing others play and were very encouraged by the adjudicators’ comments.”