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Jessie becomes BCS Young Musician 2020


The much anticipated BCS Young Musician of the Year Competition took place this week and what an array of talented performers played to our packed auditorium! From our junior to advanced players, pianists to vocalists, drummers to violinists, a host of instruments and genres of music delighted parents, staff, friends and governors. Just two weeks ago, Music Director, Mr Nicklin was listening to 144 children audition in the first heats. With over 300 instrumental lessons taking place in school each week, this number was not a surprise but rather a pleasing confirmation of how much music permeates life at Blue Coat. The initial number was eventually whittled down to 94 semi-finalists and every child was given feedback on how they played and tips for improving their performance further.

It was then the turn of our guest adjudicator, Ms Iona Zuiderwijk to pick our finalists for the Gala Concert. Not quite judges' houses but equally dramatic and with tension building, our semi-finalists awaited Ms Zuiderwijk's selection as she heard each instrumental class in turn. The class winners then bounded up to the school Reception to phone their parents and let them know that they 'had got through to the final'. The standard of playing was breathtaking for such young children and our sixteen finalists made the judge's decision extremely difficult. However, the poise and delivery of Jessie Hong as she played ‘O Polichinelo’ by Hector Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) was undeniable and the audience were truly spellbound. She deservedly became our fourth BCS Young Musician, following in the footsteps of some very talented Music Scholars. Congratulations Jessie!
Published: March 13 2020

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