School Picks Up Awards At Cornwall Music Festival

Music teacher, Jane Pender

The Five Islands School’s 8th visit to the Cornwall Music Festival in Truro saw pupils winning a raft of trophies.

The pupils were pitted against others from all over Cornwall but despite our school’s size, they returned with four trophies and were placed in all classes they entered.

But the trip was a test of the pupils’ patience and makes their achievement all the more remarkable. They missed a day-and-a-half of sessions because of fog delays.

Music Teacher, Jane Pender, says the assessors were flexible because our islands’ kids had experienced delays and disruption getting there.

They missed the ensemble class, which they had several entries in, so the Festival organisers let them do a special performance of ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic.’

Pippa Grossett won Grade 3 & 4 Woodwind Class on her clarinet, playing “The Witches Dance”.

She says it was very nerve-wracking, having to play in front of the judges and the other contestants who had already performed their pieces.

Jono Grosset, who won Grade 1 & 2 Saxophone Class, said the win was a surprise as he forgot to announce the title of his piece and he nearly forgot the music.

Zoe and Amy won Grade 4 and Below Duet Class and were pleased with the win.

Amy says they worked hard in the run up to the festival, practicing every evening from 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm.

9 year old Katie and 10 year old Inca were the youngest islands’ performers and got third place, playing their version of  ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!’