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Muddy Stilettos’ Award for Music and Originality in the Arts finalist

Muddy Stilettos’ Award for Music and Originality in the Arts finalist

We are delighted to share the exciting news that Canford Music has been selected as a finalist in the Muddy Stilettos’ Award for Music and Originality in the Arts. 

Now in its second year, Muddy's Best Schools Awards seek out the best in modern, forward-thinking education with over 400 top independent schools entering this year across 13 categories. Their expert panel of judges have narrowed it down to five finalists, plus highly commended schools per category. Click here to see who made the final list:

The Centenary Foundation Service was a wonderful celebration and just one example of our high-quality music-making. Please see link below for a recording of the service.

We look forward to watching our musicians performing once again in the glorious surroundings of Canford’s grounds to celebrate the school’s 100th birthday at the Centenary Garden Party on Sunday 25th June.  The concert will include music from the orchestra, jazz band and the combined wind orchestra and concert band, which you hear in this recording as they rehearse for the event:

Director of Music, Christopher Sparkhall said:

We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist in these awards which see entries from independent schools across the UK.   It has been a particularly special year for Music at Canford as we mark our centenary, with a central role in all the main event celebrations.  This reflects how Music sits at the heart of school life here with a range of opportunities for both academic musicians setting their sights on a music career and those who simply wish to develop their pleasure for music through the vibrant co-curricular programme.

There is much being written in the national press about the demise of music education in the UK, causing a subject that was always rather specialist almost to need a David Attenborough documentary.  Were he to bring his film crew to Canford in search of that endangered species, the ‘young musician’, he would find a beacon of hope.  At Canford, our young musicians continue to thrive.