12 Mar 2020
The annual Ardingly Young Musician of the Year competition was kickstarted on the evening of March 3rd with the intermediate category final. The night saw 17 performers from both the Prep and Senior schools showcasing their musical prowess. Adjudicated by Mr Mark Travers from Great Walstead School, the competition featured a variety of styles and presented the wide range of musical talent present at Ardingly College.
The contenders should all be incredibly proud of their performances that contributed to a wonderful night of music. Special congratulations should be given to our third, second, and first place holders in the competition; Cher Chu (Remove) on piano, Darcey Walker-Lee (Year 7) on flute, and Harrison Wallaert (Year 7) on voice respectively. Performing In Dreams by Howard Shore, Cher drew us into her piano playing with her expressive touch. Darcey gave an incredibly astute performance of Z Eriko na igriscu by Slovenian composer Blaz Pucihar, demonstrating her sense of rhythm and musicality. Finally, Harrison sang to us Silent Worship from Handel’s Ptolomy with a sense of grace and presence. His confidence and assuredness aided his already strong performance and lead to his incredible first place finish.
Thank you once again to Mr Travers for taking the time to adjudicate this competition. Thanks also to the members of staff in the music department for their help in organising and accompanying the event. Finally, another round of applause should be given to the fantastic young musicians we heard last week. We look forward to hearing them again soon.