The three classes, junior, intermediate and senior were expertly judged by Nicki Kennedy and Sarah Wild, who both teach singing at Repton. They commented on the extremely high standard of singing here at Shrewsbury and the impressively wide repertoire performed.
The three winners of their respective classes were: Theodora Jarvis (junior), Dan Powell (intermediate) and Henrike Legner (senior). Theodora and Dan’s winning songs were both drawn from Les Miserables; Theodora’s ‘I dreamed a dream’ was delivered with great expression and carefully shaped phrases, and Dan’s ‘Empty chairs at empty tables’ was a fluid account which showed off his fine baritone voice. Henrike Legner’s winning performance in the senior class was fully deserved and the judges were suitably impressed by Henrike’s acrobatic coloratura in the first movement of Mozart’s ‘Exsultate jubilate’.
Of the numerous excellent performances on the day, Jessica Walker’s ‘When you’ve got it, flaunt it’ and Will Harvey’s ‘Wonderful’ were both awarded prizes for the most entertaining male and female performance, when their acting skills were as evident as their singing gifts. Felix Mason-Hornby (R IV) got the biggest laugh of the day when he informed the audience after his performance of ‘The Elements’ by Tom Lehrer that the lyrics were, in fact, out of date and that since the song was penned in 1959 seven new elements had been discovered!
The judges paid warm tribute to the work of the singing teachers here at Shrewsbury for their careful preparation of the singers and the sterling support given by piano accompanists, John Moore and Susie Allan.