15th January 24
We are very proud of two children who recently participated in the ISA Young Musician Competition. In the Autumn term, a Form 5 girl and a Form 6 boy took up their instruments of cello and recorder, respectively, to play their very best performance pieces and compete in the Junior category.
The prestigious competition celebrates the talent and passion for music performance among young people. Our school is a big proponent of music education in primary years, and we encourage children to participate in instrumental lessons at all ages. All children enjoy weekly music and recorder lessons in school, and we offer 1:1 specialist lessons in the piano, violin, cello, guitar and music theory for children as young as Year 1. Several small ensemble groups and music clubs meet weekly to practise performance pieces.
We are happy to announce that our Form 6 boy has qualified for the national ISA competition, where he will play the recorder in a live concert along with the other finalists. The concert will take place in late January at the storied Jacqueline du Pre Music Building in St Hilda’s College, Oxford University.
This achievement builds upon a storied history between The Gower School and this prestigious ISA competition. In 2020, a former pupil was awarded the title of national ‘Young Musician of the Year’ in the competition’s inaugural year. Her winning performance on the cello stunned the judges, as she masterfully played ‘Scherzo’ by Carl Webster at just 10 years old. The winning performance can be viewed on our school’s Youtube channel.
We wish our Form 6 boy the very best of luck in the competition!