LEH Biennial Music Competition

The end of January has seen one of the most prestigious events in the LEH calendar: the biennial Music Competition. Over three days, more than one hundred and fifty girls competed in a huge range of classes, showcasing their hard work and giving some fabulous performances along the way. It culminated in Thursday afternoon’s Grand Final on 1st February, in which the 9 Senior class winners reprised their pieces for a spell-bound audience of Middle School pupils and staff.

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We were treated to some remarkable vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles. Alice (UVIE) brought the house down with her diva-like singing; Gemma (UVIG) gave a masterful performance on her trombone; Paradis (UVIE) mesmerised the audience with an operatic aria by Massenet; the string quartet of Becky (UVIB), Soo Young (IIIY), Catherine (IIIX) and Megan (IIIX) gave a thrilling performance of Ravel, and Ana (UVIE) had the audience on the edge of their seats with a song from Little Women. Lucy (UVID) was Highly Commended for her breathtaking virtuosity on the flute. Runner Up was Megan (IIIX) for the most powerful rendition of the first movement of Elgar’s ‘Cello Concerto, and the winner was Nadya (LVIG) (piano) with her extraordinarily musical Chopin Fantasie Impromptu.  Our adjudicator, renowned tenor and conductor, Stephen Brown, provided a thoughtful and witty summation, commenting how bowled over he had been by the standard of music-making throughout the performance and how many of the senior performances would not be out of place in the top conservatoires around the world. He remarked on the ability of the girls to live the music: to find a truth in that music and communicate it to the audience. It was a privilege to witness the staggering amount and level of individual talent right across the school and the girls deserve huge congratulations for the standards they achieved.

By Mrs Ashe - Director of Music