The Outwood Academy Portland choir, Pitch Perfect, competing for the first time, gained first place and a distinction in the Worksop Music Festival, and was the warm up to even greater achievements for many of our students.
Outwood Academy Portland hosted the adjudicator for the Secondary School Band class, in which our concert band achieved first place. They entertained the audience with ‘Ashoken Farewell’ and ‘Pixar Movie Magic’. A smaller group, the Advanced Woodwind Ensemble, also achieved first place with their performance of ‘Grandfather’s Clock’.
As well as ensembles, there were many successful soloists. James Mackinder, came joint first in the Musical Theatre Male Solo category with a rousing performance of ‘Stars’ from Les Miserables. His co-winner was James Williamson from Outwood Post 16 centre; the talented young men carried off the John Dryden Trophy and have been invited to sing at the winners’ concert on 27th April 2016 at the Crossing Church. James Mackinder, who has recently received a distinction for his grade seven clarinet exam also excelled in the woodwind classes, gaining a distinction and first place for his ‘Romance’, by Poulenc, in the under 19 Woodwind Solo; a tough class in which seven other gifted musicians competed. He then went on to gain a distinction and win the Open woodwind class with a performance of the Finzi bagatelle.
Kathryn Rouse and Emily Jessop, both year 10 students, came first and second respectively in the Under 16 Woodwind Solo; the first time they had performed these pieces to an audience.
The festival was equally successful for a number of our younger students. Year seven Mia Swindell came first in the under 14 Woodwind Solo, taking home the Capio Woodwind Trophy and James Fullelove, another of our year 7 clarinettists gained a very creditable third place. His brother Matthew (the youngest by far in the under 16 years class) won the Freda Robinson Plaque for his baritone solo again gaining a distinction.
Overall Outwood Academy Portland and Post 16 gained three thirds, two seconds and 14 first places. An outstanding result for outstanding students. Congratulations to everyone on their wonderful achievements.