The annual Hutchesons’ School Music Competition featured over 20 top rate performances by finalists in the two solo categories and ensemble section.
This year’s adjudicator was the internationally renowned composer and conductor, Ayrshire-born Sir James MacMillan CBE, who, in summing up the evening’s performances, commented on the “rude health of music at Hutchesons”.
The competition was held in the Fotheringay Auditorium last Thursday and the outright winner of the senior solo competition, and recipient of the Competition Trophy, was Max Rodney S5, whose visceral performance of Matteus Schmitt’s Ghanaia on marimba elicited wild cheers from the audience and fulsome praise from Sir James. Runner up in that same category was cellist Verity MacInnes S5, playing the opening movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C.
David Tobias S3 received a special commendation for his captivating unaccompanied performance on clarinet of Paul Harvey’s Summertime.
The junior solo section – Grades 4-5 – was won by cellist Owen Gould S1, playing one of MacMillan’s own works, Sabre Dance. The String Quartet (Florence Sharkey S5, Annie Gould S5, Mark Fisher S6 & Verity MacInnes S5) triumphed in the Ensemble class with an enchanting interpretation of Haydn’s “Bird” Quartet.
The evening closed with a performance by the school Sinfonia of MacMillan’s charming folk melody, The Tryst, arranged especially for the occasion by Head of Music Performance, Ken Walton.
More photos from the event can be seen here.