The Cecilia James Company Music Festival took place on Friday 4th October and was adjudicated by Roy Rashbrook, who is a classically trained singer, director of various vocal ensembles and Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral. 

The Festival began with the Brass, Percussion and Guitar and Vocal Classes, won respectively by Kirsten, Mia and Elan – a clean sweep for Osmund. The day’s events continued with the Instrumental Ensembles, followed by the Vocal Ensembles performing a wide variety of pop arrangements. This time it was Moberly that triumphed in both of the classes. Their winning performances consisted of a beautiful, delicate instrumental arrangement of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph led by Shubha and a classy, harmonious vocal performance of Bring It On Home by Sam Cooke with Hannah at the reigns. 

The afternoon classes continued with Woodwind, Strings and Piano. Osmund continued with their winning streak as Tessa took first place in the Woodwind Category with her jazzy rendition of Walking the Dog on the clarinet. Moberly fought back to take the next prize with Sienna victorious in the Strings playing Double Bass. The final prize, including the Anna Roberts Cup for Piano, was taken by Pelin representing Osmund

To get the evening off to a rousing start, the staff delivered a fun-filled performance of Uptown Girl much to the delight of their audience. The mood then changed as the final of the Cecilia James solo Prize got underway. Following the enthusiastic and very loud cheering leading up to the evening, the incredible silence from the audience as they listened to the soloists was a testament to the huge talents on display. As always, any one of the five musicians would have been a worthy winner but in the end Mr Rashbrook chose Elan as his winner. Her stately performance of Handel’s Angels Ever Bright And Fair was breathtaking.

On offer this year, with the theme of Boys Bands, the Shout included two Jackson 5 songs; I Want You Back and Blame It On The Boogie, two Smash Mouth numbers; I’m A Believer and All Star as well as Year 3000 by Busted. The girls were accompanied by a live band, consisting of our very own Mr Allard, Mr Witney, Mrs Allard and guest bass guitarist from St Margaret’s, Mr Harman. Every Company outdid themselves with their choreography and weird and wonderful costumes again this year. Poore were the champions of the Shout and the overall Music Festival winners were Osmund.