Music Festival 2018

Our 39th Annual Music Festival starts on 5th March. Are you practising your competition piece?

Date published: Wed 28 Feb 2018   Author: HLH   Category: Performing Arts   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

39th Annual Music Festival heats start on Monday 5th March

Competition heats are 5 - 14th March and the Finalé Concert is in the evening of the 14th March.

The Festival is an excellent opportunity for all musicians to develop their performance skills, and regardless of whether pupils study music in or out of school, it would be of huge benefit and advantage to him/her to take the opportunity of performing in public as part of the competition.  Every competitor will gain 1 House point for entering, with 5, 10 & 15 points being awarded to the Highly Commended, Commended and Winner within each category.

Each discipline (brass, woodwind, strings, percussion, classical guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, piano and voice) has a Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced category.  Categories are split as follows:

Beginner – Complete beginner-up to Grade 2

Intermediate – Working on Grades 3, 4 & 5

Advanced – Working on Grades 6, 7 & 8

The winners of each Beginner discipline will compete for the Shield for Best Beginner.  The winner of each Intermediate discipline will compete for the Joyce Shellard Memorial Trophy, and the Advanced winners will compete for the prestigious title of Musician of the Year.  This honoured title is celebrated with the awarding of the Musician of the Year Cup, as well as the engraving of the winner’s name on the school Honours Board.

We are asking for a £1 voluntary contribution per entry in order to cover some of the adjudicator costs.  It is expected that all students studying GCSE and A Level Music take part in the festival, as part of their performance preparation for their examinations. 


TBSHS Music Festival: Competition Heats




Monday 5th March


Sue Hickman

Tuesday 6th March


Sue Hickman

Wednesday 7th March


Gennie Joy

Thursday 8th March

Guitar (classical)

 Akos Hasznos

Friday 9th March

 Guitar (contemporary)

 Akos Hasznos

Monday 12th March


Liz Kadir

Tuesday 13th March


Graham Instrall

Tuesday 13th March


Nick Shaw

Wednesday 14th March


Gabriele Baldocci

Please note that the closing date for entries is Friday 23rd February.


Music Festival Winner 2017

The Finalé Concert will be judged by Gabriele Baldocci, pianist and conductor. Gabriele was born in Livorno in Italy and has given concerts in world-renowned musical centres such as Tonhalle in Zurich, Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Sala Verdi in Milan, Auditorium RTSI in Lugano, Teatro Ghione in Rome, Palacio de Festivales in Santander, Teatro Rossetti in Trieste, Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, Parnassos Hall in Athens, Teatro Fraschini in Pavia, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari and many others. He recorded Nino Rota's complete works for Strings and Piano with violinist Marco Fornaciari, Michael Glenn Williams piano music for the Stradivarius label, and he is working on Beethoven’s Complete Symphonies transcribed by Liszt for solo piano, published in five CDs by Dynamic in 2012 and 2013.

Music Festival Winner 2017 Jack Briggs

Gabriele's performances are regularly broadcasted on radio and TV, and the Italian classical TV channel "Classica" has produced a documentary about him. He has been awarded prizes at several important piano competitions including the Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition and the Martha Argerich Piano Competition.Baldocci is an official Ambassador, Performer and Professor of the Martha Argerich Presents project, and he frequently plays in various chamber music formations including duos, trios and quintets. For many years he has played in a piano duo with Martha Argerich, as well as forming a stable partnership with the Argentinean pianist Daniel Rivera. He has performed concerts throughout Europe, America and Asia both as a soloist and with acclaimed orchestras.

The 2018 Music Festival offers an excellent opportunity for students to develop as musicians and gain inspiration from the great variety of visiting adjudicators.

Thank you in advance for your support and I hope to see you at the Finalé Concert.

Mr Mike Cosadinos
Head of Music

Associated Documents
PDF Document Music Festival Letter 2018 MJC

Music Festival Letter 2018 MJC

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