Over 100 students took part in the Cornwall Music Festival last week and thoroughly enjoyed both performing and listening to other musicians play. We are delighted to tell you they have also brought some new silverware to the RLS trophy cabinets!
Day 1 (Monday 18th March) saw our recorder players competing and Mrs Whomersley has provided a full report on their rather busy week on the following page!
On Day 2, our instrumental ensembles took to the stage, Richard Lander Recorder Ensemble and three of our school rock bands: Catalyst, Minority and The Y9 Rock Band all competed in the instrumental heats for their age groups and all played amazingly.
I was so proud to hear some of our youngest players performing with the recorder ensemble, their tone, timing and communication with an audience is steadily improving all the time.
The Y9 Rock Band used piano, guitar, drums and vocals and certainly did themselves justice gaining 4th place overall in the competition. Credit must be given to all the boys - Oliver, Paddy, George, Adam, Owen and Sennen whose ensemble playing has really improved in the two terms.
Our Y10 band, Minority, performed Green Day’s ‘Welcome to Paradise’ with style and passion, Well done to Charlie, Joey and Quinn, and particularly credit to Harek for his phenomenal drum fills.
Catalyst, were up next. Led by Head Boy, Isaac, with band members Charlie, Joey, Angus, Paddy, the band played all original material with superb passion and energy, leading them to second place. First place in this category went to early music ensemble Terpsichore which is predominantly made of ex-Richard Lander students and 2 of our Y10 GCSE Musicians -Isaac and Anna! It was an afternoon of fantastic music making from all schools involved. The adjudicator commented on how good it was to have such a wide range of styles in one class!
On Day 3, Wednesday 20th March, Richard Lander took 4 choirs to the music festival to compete in the 11-16 year old choral class. Junior Choir were the youngest choir by far in the heat. With many valiant year 7 soloists, Miss Foxon led them brilliantly as they sang ‘A Million Dreams’ and ‘Your Song’. Our boys choir, who placed 4th, started with the catchy ‘Africa’ with drum and guitar accompaniment from Sennen and Reuven. ‘Down Among the Dead Men’ was a bold, unaccompanied performance which allowed these young men to showcase their talents and was a particular favourite of the adjudicators! Selected Voices, who placed 3rd overall, were conducted by Y10 students Dylan and Anna and the adjudicator commented on their precision, harmonising and commitment. Their programme was beautiful and fully chosen by the students; pop classic ‘One Last Time’ followed by the beautiful ‘Seal Lullaby’ by Eric Whitacre. And…. Our Senior Choir… (who rehearse every Monday lunch time so make sure you come and join in!!!) WON! Winning against various other schools from the county, the adjudicator commented on their use of phrasing, dynamics and emotion.
To top of the day, our Recorder Ensemble came 2nd in their class in the afternoon, again narrowly missing first place to The Dolce Concert – which consisted of four ex-Richard Lander students who now attend Truro College and our studying music. It was wonderful for our current Richard Lander students to hear where their music making can take them. You can hear our Senior Choir singing the winning track at www.richardlander.co.uk/curriculum/music
On Friday the Richard Lander Orchestra played absolutely brilliantly in their class of ‘Orchestral Ensembles.’ They performed ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ by Grieg and ‘Mars’ from ‘The Planets’ to a big audience in the Methodist church. The adjudicator’s comments focused on the use of tonal colour, and excellent use of crescendo that created a real sense of energy and excitement in both pieces. Our orchestra came joined 3rd with Truro School scoring 86- highly commended! Richard Lander students also performed with TYSO (Truro Youth String Orchestra) who came second overall. The level of competition was high from all groups, and it was fantastic for our students to hear and watch some really established groups. A great way to end the week
Congratulations also to the following who excelled in the solo categories, Anna Browning – first in recorders, Gerran Parker – first in saxophone, Belinda Davies and Megan Jeffries – first in duet, & Isaac Feldman & Saskia Newman.
Miss S Jones - Head of Music