Senior pupils impressed guest adjudicator Bill Chandler and the school community with their talent at the annual School Music Competition Finals on February 22nd.
Mr Chandler, formerly associate leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and now its Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement, praised the high level of performances by pupils from P7 to S6, before announcing the winners of the four categories represented. On the day he said "Music at Hutchesons' Grammar School is in the best of health".
Congratulations to the overall winner of the Grade 7-8 category for the second consecutive year, and recipient of the Music Competition Trophy, Max Rodney (S6), who played Astor Piazzolla's Libertango on Marimba. According to the adjudicator, Max was "totally convincing and delivered with compelling musicianship."
Joint runners-up were Daniel Ogilvie (P7), playing Schumann's 'Fantasiestücke' and Fiona Forster (S5) who sang Gershwin's 'Someone to Watch Over You'.
Pianist Petra Mellentin (S3) delivered a charasmatic performance of Lutoslawski's Eh! C'est de Cracovie which secured her first place in the Grade 3-4 category, while the Grade 5-6 section was won by flautist Megan Brown (S4) with a performance of Piazzolla's Street Tango.
In the Open Ensemble Class, it was "entertainment value" that impressed Mr Chandler and he awarded first prize to a quirky performance of Bach's Prelude No 6. by percussion duo Max Rodney (S6) and Owen Gould (S2) that elicited smiles and admiration in equal measure.
The evening closed with a stirring performance of Michael Story's Blind Brook Celebration by the Festival Wind Band, conducted by Head of Wind and Brass, Ms Freeland.
Head of Music Performance, Mr Walton said: "The standard of performance was remarkable and the decision this year to extend eligibility down to the Primary 7 pupils introduced an extra dimension to the occasion - proof that talent shines early at Hutchesons'."
To see photographs from the evening, please click here.