Continuing a long standing tradition, the Neale-Wade music department led by Head of Music Miss Griffin, showcased its hard work this term with a visit to the Peterborough Music Festival this week. The senior schools of March have been winning trophies in this competition since 1939.
This year, the students had the exciting opportunity to perform at the Key Theatre to the international adjudicators Robert Bailey (strings) and Jeffrey Wynn Davies (woodwind and brass).
Our first performance was on Tuesday. Mrs Furlong took the string ensemble to perform and they were awarded a distinction for their performance. On Wednesday, it was the turn of the brass and woodwind sections. The woodwind ensemble were competing against two other groups and as well as being awarded a commended for their performance, won the McIntosh Cup. The other Neale-Wade groups were competing for the Cooke Trophy. The brass ensemble gained a merit for their performance. Neale-Wade Concert Band and Orchestra, were both awarded in the commended category. The adjudicator announced the winner this year as the Orchestra, commenting on their excellent balance as an ensemble.
In his closing comments the adjudicator noted how well the students had behaved and played, proving themselves able ambassadors of the Academy.
Miss Ceri Griffin, Head of Music said, “We are extremely proud of the achievements and dedication of our musicians at the Academy. It was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to perform on stage at The Key Theatre, Peterborough; our students rose to the challenge and played with great enthusiasm and skill. The commitment of Mrs Furlong and Miss O’Reilly to encouraging music making at Neale-Wade Academy is invaluable”.