Cheshire East School's Music Comp

Cheshire East Schools' Music Competition

On the evening of Tuesday 19th March the finalists of the 2019 Cheshire East Primary Schools' Music competition took to the stage at Crewe Lyceum in front of a large and supportive crowd to showcase their considerable musical abilities and with the aim to catch the ear of the two judges, Steve Pickett (Halle’ Orchestra Education Director) and Shirley Court (Director of the Halle Children’s Choir). The finalists, Stapeley Broad Lane Folk Ensemble, The Dingle School Ensemble, The Dingle Choir, Elworth Hall Primary Choir, Bollinbrook Primary Choir, Handforth Grange Choir and High Legh Instrumental Ensemble didn't disappoint. The standard on display during the evening was there for all to see and appreciate and was testament to the huge amount of dedication the pupils had clearly given in preparation for the competition. Similarly, great credit must be given to the school teachers and ensemble leaders who had worked with the groups so effectively in advance. 
At the end of the evening, it was Handforth Grange Choir and Stapeley Broad Lane Folk Ensemble who were crowned 2019 winners, each receiving a shield and a £250 cheque to continue developing the music provision at their schools.

The following evening it was the turn of the Secondary finalists as on Wednesday 20th, Brine Leas School Boys Choir, Brine Leas School Acapella Choir, Alsager High School Choir, Poynton Choir, Sandbach School Brass Phats, Wilmslow High School Clarinet Group and Sandbach School Wind Orchestra competed before the three judges, Carl Raven (Saxophone tutor at the RNCM and member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet) Martyn Parkes (Repitateur, head accompanist at Cheetham’s School) and his wife Habba, former Soprano with the English National Opera. The performance levels on display were nothing short of stunning with all groups and choirs richly entertaining the large and appreciative crowd. Come decision time though, it was Sandbach School Wind Orchestra and Alsager School Choir who left with the spoils in what turned out to be in the judges words a wonderful display of youth music making.
Congratulations to the winners, the finalists and a huge thank you to all those who took part in the competition this year. Over 35 school ensembles and choirs performed as part of the event and each and every musician should feel extremely proud of their performance.

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