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Outstanding talent - at 5 years old!
Talented young pianists gave outstanding performances to internationally-renowned judges at the St Anselm’s Piano Competition recently – and it was a Wellow House School, Nottinghamshire, pupil who won the Junior Cup for Outstanding Talent.
Aged only 5, Adwin Gu stunned the audience with his incredible performance, and judges Ben Andrew (Head of Keyboard at Stowe School) and Alexis Ffrench
(Head of Keyboard at Uppingham School) awarded him the top junior prize in the Finalists’ Concert. They also gave each participant valuable feedback and encouragement
in mini-masterclasses after each competition class.
Adwin was delighted to receive his prize from Lady Edward Manners, who talked with enthusiasm
about the inspiration all of the performers had given to her and all the musicians – both young and old – present in the audience.
St. Anselm’s Director of Music, Mark Percival said: “It’s so important for young pianists to have the opportunity to participate in an event of this type – whether they are just setting out on their musical journey or already an accomplished musician. To share musicianship and learn from
other pianists is an enriching experience; it builds performance skills, awareness and con dence, as well as all-important motivation through experiencing the joy of performing.’
Pictured: Adwin with adjudicator Ben Andrew (Head of Keyboard, Stowe School)
New York Spectacular
Over 100 musicians performed a New York Music Spectacular at Felsted School, Essex. Jazz bands, Latin rhythms, Steel bands and a whole host of Broadway numbers featured pupils from Years 5-13, as well as parents and staff, all performing together in one sold- out event.
The evening raised £1000 for Sparkle Malawi in the process, a charity set up by Former Felstedian, Sarah Brook which provides education, nutritional
support, medical treatment, love and care to over 150 orphans and vulnerable children in six rural villages on the outskirts of Zomba, Malawi.
Mr Owen Rees, Director of
Music at Felsted Preparatory School, commented “This was a truly memorable Felsted event. The audience were massively appreciative of the many  ne musical performances throughout the evening and their support was brilliant.”
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