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Top Prizes at Marlow Music Festival

On Tuesday 22 November, All Saints Church, Marlow saw this year’s prestigious Marlow Music Festival take place.  Beaconsfield High School entered for the second year in a row, having won the Senior School Choir category last year. In a hope of building on our success last year, we entered two groups; the Bel Canto Chamber Choir and the Advanced Chamber Ensemble.  

The Bel Canto Chamber Choir were competing against two other choirs and sang two pieces for their entry.  Music teacher, Victoria Henshall had helped them prepare very well to ensure a top quality performance. The adjudicator commented on both pieces on their confidence and “splendid harmony”. The girls’ second piece was fantastically performed with feedback that included “a poised and polished performance. Diction was splendid and timing splendid. You really sang as one voice”. The choir achieved 89/100, which is a distinction and won their class. They also won the Alan Howarth Memorial Cup for the most outstanding choir and the Caroline Moss Cup for the most outstanding vocal ensemble or choir.  

The Advanced Chamber Ensemble, directed by Dan Dixon was only set up in September 2016. It comprises of some of our most talented musicians at BHS.  Marlow was their first external performance and they entered the duet class with Josie Kucera and Amelia Snoxell singing the duet Sous la dôme épais from the opera Lakmé and the rest of the ensemble accompanying the girls. The performance was outstanding with some beautiful singing from the two girls and a well-controlled and polished accompaniment from the rest of the ensemble. The adjudicator commented on the excellent balance between the solo voices as well as the outstanding tuning. This was a challenging piece to perform and both the soloists and the orchestra did a brilliant job. The adjudicator commented “A most enjoyable performance. I enjoyed the ensemble a great deal”.  

The ensemble achieved 87/100 (distinction) and also won their class. I can’t begin to express how proud I am of the girls. The result was a testament to their hard work over the last term and they should be very proud of what they have achieved.

Miss Goodall 

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