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Talented musicians from Ellesmere College competed against 250 participants in 75 different classes at the Oswestry Youth Music Festival, which is well established in the county’s music calendar.

The Chapel Choir was successful in the Youth under 21 categories and the Senior Orchestra won The High Sheriff’s Award, performing ‘Great Movie Adventures’ and Disney film favourites.

Pupils were also successful in both woodwind categories. The College’s Quartet was triumphant in the Chamber Music 18 and under group, before the vocal ensemble secured the 21 and under Award, for their performance of Ave Verum (Mozart) and Blue Moon.

Individual honours went to Harry Fradley, 17, who won the under 18 and under 21 singing categories as well as the under 21 woodwind solo. One of the youngest competitors in the competition, Huw Lloyd, 10, also took the under 12 singing and under 12 musical theatre titles against 28 other competitors.

Tony Coupe, Director of Music, said “I am so proud of all our outstanding achievements at the Youth Music Festival. As individuals and as ensembles they rose to the occasion ensuring great success across the board. We intend to build on from this success through the development of a musical culture at the school, which is focused on passion, enjoyment and hard work”.


Pictured from front: Huw Lloyd, Angel Xia, Anastasia Bancks and Harry Fradley