King's Hawford

1 July

King’s Hawford pupil most promising harpist at competitive festival.

Keen harpist and King’s Hawford pupil, Henry took part in the Leamington Spa Competitive Festival recently. The festival aims to promote, support and encourage its participants to study and practice the arts of Music and Dance, as well as Speech and Drama.

Henry, a keen musician who has also recently been awarded a music scholarship to King’s Worcester where he starts in September 2022, did amazingly well, winning both his class and a prize for the most promising harpist of the day.

Listening to Henry play Grand’Mere Raconte une Histoire by Renie, harpist Keziah Thomas commented, “You have an excellent feel for this piece – it really was warm and sensitive. I particularly enjoyed the time you have to the ending of sections – very brave to be able to enjoy the silence”.

Henry went on to play The Skye Boat Song in a traditional arrangement by S Green. He received equally outstanding comments from the adjudicators including, “a beautiful lyrical performance in which the melody sang throughout and there were some lovely dramatic moments”. Summarising Henry’s performance, they said, “An excellently memorised and prepared recital today; it was a pleasure to hear you!”

Scoring Henry’s performance, he received one score of 92 and another of 90, placing Henry in the Outstanding category in both cases. To achieve Outstanding, it is necessary for performers to display an exception performance, both technically and artistically. Congratulations to Henry, who has undoubtedly worked extremely hard in preparing for this competitive festival. As Henry leaves King’s Hawford at the end of the term, we wish him the very best of luck in his future musical career and look forward to hear of his future successes.