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Music success 2019

Music success 2019
Karen Smith

Scholarship, NYC selection and University success for Canford Music

A number of this year’s Upper Sixth musicians at Canford are celebrating news that they will be continuing their music careers at centres of excellence across the country.  

Grace Hewett has been offered a place in the National Youth Choir 2019-20.  During her Canford years Grace has progressed as a result of annual auditions through the ranks from Girls’ Choir to Training Choir and now the Youth Choir.  The Annual Programme for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain 2019-20 is incredibly exciting as they are going to be part of an international tour to New Zealand and Australia.   Grace is hoping to combine her time with the NYC with a Music degree at Cardiff University.

Meanwhile Ellen Harvey-Hills has an offer to read Music at Durham University and Barney Peddie a Music Scholarship with Bournemouth University combined with a Foundation course at Bournemouth Arts University.  Commenting on his application, the Head of University Music at Bournemouth and AUB wrote: “It was good to meet Barnaby and hear about all his musical activities at Canford.  I am much looking forward to having him in our chamber choir and orchestra.”

Recent leavers excelling musically beyond their Canford careers include OC Honor Hornsby, now reading Music at Durham University, who has been awarded a full palatinate award for Best Musical Director for her work as Musical Director of the Durham University Big Band throughout her first year.  Selection is made by Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre, the two overarching categories for all the official societies in music and theatre in Durham.   

Christopher Sparkhall, Director of Music, is delighted with these achievements:

“There are numerous ways for pupils to get involved in Music at Canford, but for those who choose to take the subject to the highest academic levels through A Levels and a degree course, to have gained offers and scholarships to well respected institutions is a very fine achievement.  Competition is strong for university places and very competitive for entry to National Youth Orchestras and Choirs.  I am very pleased that Grace’s commitment to choral opportunities at National level has been rewarded with a place in the NYC for the forthcoming year.

It is wonderful to hear that OCs such as Honor are continuing to achieve so highly in their music beyond Canford.  I wish all our leavers who have developed their Music during their time here every success for the future.”

We caught up with Barney to find out more about his scholarship success.  Head to the Canford blog to read our interview.

Music success at Canford - National Youth Choir Grace Hewett, Ellen Harvey Hills


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