news: The King’s School Ely Music Festival Finalists’ Concert

The King’s School Ely Music Festival Finalists’ Concert took place on Thursday 17 February 2011 in the octagon and south transept of Ely Cathedral. The adjudicator, Mr. Simon Kirk, Director of Music, St. John’s College School, Cambridge, awarded The Walser Trophy for Senior performers to Rowan McConkey and the Walser Cup for Intermediate performers to Bryony Ding. Rowan (classical guitar) played Capricho Arabé by Tárrega and Bryony sang Daddy’s Song from Ragtime by Flaherty.

Other participants included intermediate instrumental winner Yuki Kimura (violin) playing Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, C.J. Porter-Thaw (one of the 3 famous Choirboys), with Anna Hamilton and Isobel Leventhorpe singing as an ensemble Telephone by Lady Gaga, senior singing winner Martha Eddy performing Ah Belinda by Purcell and the Senior Orchestra playing Finlandia by Sibelius conducted by The King’s School Ely Director of Music Ian Sutcliffe.

The accompanists were Assistant Cathedral Organist Jonathan Lilley, Vanessa Scott, Oliver Hancock, and Melody Day.

The next major King’s School musical event with be the Gala Choral Concert on Friday 18th March 7.30 in Ely Cathedral presenting the Vivaldi Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem tickets £6 – £10 (under 18s free) available from Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 (Mon-Fri  11 am – 3 pm) box.office@cathedral.ely.anglican.org

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