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Scilly students excel at Cornwall Music Festival


Isles of Scilly pupils had a "fantastic week" at this year's Cornwall Music Festival.

A total of 16 students from Five Islands School attended the annual event at Truro Methodist Church, which features adults and young people from around the county competing in solo and group classes.

Woodwind teacher Jane Pender said: "We had some fantastic results. Inca Reynolds qualified for the Instrumental Championship with her Grade 8 performance, but unfortunately she was unable to attend this as the class was held on Saturday afternoon. I feel sure she would have been placed had she been there.

"Nearly all of our performances were Commended or above, with three performances getting 89 marks (high distinction), one of which placed us third, so you can imagine the level of playing that we were up against!"

Zachary Hick, Inca Reynolds, Piran Julian, Libby Shave, Josh Carss, Sienna Hathway and Deya Reynolds all placed first in their classes, while Libby, Inca, Deya, Piran, Ruby May, Solly Hicks, Remy Lewin, Megan Woodcock, Hafwen Kendrick and Rosie Julian took second. There were also several third placings and one fourth.

Jane described the Festival as a “fantastic week for our musicians", with both their playing and behaviour earning praise.

"Our adjudicators, Caroline Diffley and Richard Haslam couldn’t say enough good things about our musicians, they were both very impressed by the standard of playing happening here. Richard was very disappointed to hear that he wouldn’t be adjudicating our Ensemble classes and that Caroline would get to listen to all our fabulous work instead.

"So many of the CMF staff (all musicians themselves) were so complimentary about our students' playing and their wonderful behaviour, they really did Five Islands proud. The ladies in the Café at CMF gave us a box of chocolates because they were so pleased with how our students conducted themselves and that we make the effort to attend every year."

She added: “Our students can really hold their own against our mainland contemporaries. I cannot even express how proud of them all I am, they are all amazing young musicians who I happen to have the privilege to teach.”

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