St Albans School on song at Awards

Musicians from St Albans School excelled at the finals of the St Albans Young Musician of the Year 2014, winning five awards

The Jazz Band and Barbershop Group won the awards for Best Secondary Band and Vocal Ensemble respectively, beating off other competition that had gathered to perform in St Albans Cathedral.

There were also three solo awards: Theo Gill (2nd Form) won the Secondary Strings category; Nicholas Springthorpe (5th Form) the Secondary Voice; and Thomas Dilley (4th Form) was the winner in the Secondary Wind/Brass category.

This year the competition was judged by Robert Max, a finalist in the BBC competition in 1984 and now pursuing a varied career as solo cellist, conductor and chamber musician.

“It was a fantastic day,” says director of music at St Albans School, Mick Stout. “Such a range of awards shows the strength of our pupils’ talents and the variety of music being taught at the School. To win five awards and all but one of the categories that we entered was a wonderful achievement and should act as a great fillip to all of those that were successful.”

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