Five Islands School Excels In Music

school-orchestra-weekend-2016The Five Islands School continues to excel in music, with all fifteen students who recently underwent examinations being graded at ‘merit’ or higher.

Youngsters aged between 10 and 15 years old performed solo and combined pieces, as well as musical theatre in the Grade 2 to 7 exams.

All the students passed, some with flying colours. Xanthe Hicks achieved a silver medal in her grade 7 exam and Inca Reynolds obtained a bronze medal in her grade 6 exam.

Head of English and Drama, Tania Reynolds, said she’s delighted with the continued trend of excellent results.

Tania said the children are both talented and willing to work hard to achieve their potential.

Students are currently working on a production of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to be performed at the end of April.

It’s been a busy few weeks musically at the school.

On the last weekend in January, they hosted a weekend of community music making.

Patrick Bailey and Matt Harrison from the Bournemouth Symphony orchestra, who visited the school back in September, returned to run a range of sessions including beginners’ brass, ‘adult rusty returners’ and a male singing group.

Head Teacher Linda Todd said the high point of the weekend was the family orchestra on the Sunday afternoon, to which “an amazing” 54 people turn up.

Debbie Wainwright, head of the music department said: “It was lovely to see whole families thoroughly enjoying making music together.”

Another music weekend is planned for 23rd and 24th April.

Linda said musical performance is a real strength in the school despite our isolated location.

She says the music department works hard to find opportunities for island youngsters, which included participation in a ‘virtual orchestra’ last year and annual attendance at the Cornish Music Festival with instrumental teacher, Jane Pender.

“Our students always do very well up against stiff competition and often much older musicians. I wish this year’s participants every success when they take part next month,” said Linda.

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