Students shine at DRET Music Cup

Friday, March 10, 2017

Over 450 students from secondary schools across the Trust competed in the annual Music Cup on Monday.

Talented musicians performed on stage at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire, in front of their parents, invited guests and their peers.

This annual event is an outstanding platform for students to build their confidence and grow their talents through live performance, whilst the competition helps provide a focus for individual academies to work towards.

A number of guest judges were in attendance, including the British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 and co-founder of VOCES8 Paul Smith. Their presence motivated students to perform to their best ability throughout the competition.

Apollo5 treated the spectators to an outstanding performance, followed by an impressively led massed a cappella as part of the finale.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at DRET, commented: “Music is such an important part of our students’ lives, so this event is a great way to encourage their love of music through sharing it with others and learning from each other.

“It has been thrilling to see them perform with such enthusiasm and skill throughout the course of the competition, and to see the standard of music-making rise to impressive levels.

“We are extremely grateful to all the teachers and staff for their hard work throughout – it has been an amazing day for all.”

Malcolm Arnold Academy emerged victorious from tense competition and retained the Music Cup title for the fourth year in a row. Malcolm Arnold student George Wise came top of the instrumental solo category with his Marimba recital. This was followed by a strong vocal solo performance by fellow student Georgia Baxter.

Skegness Grammar School and Humberston Academy were joint runners up, and Lodge Park Academy took home third place.

Chris Steed, Principal at Malcolm Arnold, was impressed by the immense talent his students showed throughout. Mr Steed said: “This year we have seen some incredible performances and we have all come together to unite as an academy.

“I am so proud of the talent we host at Malcolm Arnold Academy and would like to congratulate all the students and staff involved with this year’s Music Cup success.”