After a year and a half of hardly any live music, the Fourth Form Music Festival Concert on the evening of Thursday 17th June was an eagerly anticipated event in the Music Department calendar. We were treated to sixteen of our talented junior musicians performing to an audience of their very supportive peers who provided the welcome sound of claps and cheers. There was a wealth of variety in both instruments and musical genres and each and every performance was polished and thoroughly enjoyable.

Our guest adjudicator this year was Mary Edwards, who taught briefly at St Mary’s back in 2014. Mary studied music at Royal Holloway and has been involved in music education for over 40 years. Although now retired, she is actively involved in music making in Bath and plays cello in the Bath Symphony Orchestra, is organist at Swainswick church, and also plays harpsichord at Number 1, Royal Crescent – an immersive Georgian experience.

As well as the individual performances, UIV (Year 9) Orchestra and Junior Consort were showcased during the adjudication. The two groups came together for Good Day Sunshine by the Beatles and then Consort sang a beautiful rendition of Rutter’s The Peace of God.

Mary had a difficult decision to make but it was Bo who took the main prize with her flawless account of Bach’s Prelude Suite No.1. Our three runners-up were Evie who sang an O Foolish Fay from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Lolanthe with abundance of characterisation, pianist Allison who captivated with her expressive playing of Für Elise by Beethoven and Ellie, who despite not having been able to return to the UK this term, was able to participate in the form of a video of herself playing the first movement of Bach’s virtuosic A Minor violin concerto.

Well done to everyone on their fantastic contributions which made the concert such a success.