Throughout the month of April, over sixty pupils auditioned in front of a panel of staff, for a place in our annual ‘Musician of the Year’ competition. The standards were even higher this year, than ever before, with students from all year groups performing on a variety of instruments or as vocalists. 27 students were announced as the finalists and rehearsals soon got underway in preparation for the final.

Last Thursday 9th May, our soloists took to the stage and performed to an audience of family and friends to find the winner.

Without exception, every student overcame their nerves and their hard work paid off, with all performing brilliantly, impressing the audience and judge who this year, was former Studley High School pupil and professional musician Alex Dudley who runs his own music studio locally.

At the end of the evening, Alex gave feedback to the pupils, highlighting that he had a tough job deciding on who should be awarded certificates!

The prize-winners were:

Highly Commended – Niall (drum kit) and Toby (Piano)

Most Promising Musician – Emily W (Piano)

Junior Winner (Year 7 & 8) – Skye (Vocals)

3rd – Dylan (Piano)

2nd – Emily W (Piano)

1st – Katherine B (Piano & Vocals)

For the winning performance, Katherine performed a piece called “Creep” by Radiohead. Last year’s winner Abbie Wheeler was on hand to present Katherine with a trophy sponsored by the Arrow Valley Band, engraved with her name, certificate and Amazon gift card.

Our thanks to Alex Dudley for judging, staff who helped out behind the scenes and ex-student Jake Haggett from ‘Evident Events’ who managed the audio for us. Also, thanks to our Year 9 Music Ministers helping backstage, Ethan and Max for the lighting and our CAMPS International students for running the refreshments.

Congratulations to all students who were involved and to the finalists who performed with such confidence and professionalism; lets see what 2020 brings!

Copy of the full schedule: Musician of the Year programme