Ely Cathedral hosts school’s music festival final

King's Ely music festival

King's Ely music festival - Credit: Archant

King’s Ely’s annual music festival concluded this week after two weeks of keenly contested competition.

Parents, pupils, staff and members of the public were welcomed to Ely Cathedral, where the King’s Ely orchestra performed. Visitors later enjoyed music by students from King’s Ely Senior.

Mr Peter King, director of music at Bath Abbey and a well-known recitalist in Britain and abroad, adjudicated the event,

He said: “I was thrilled to be invited to judge this festival.

“The standard of singing and playing was very high indeed and I had some extremely difficult decisions to make based upon what I had heard.”

This year, there were 120 entries across 19 classes, including 49 vocal entries; this was taken down to seven in the intermediate final (13-15 year olds) and to seven in the senior final (16-18 year olds).

The winners included intermediate instrumentalist, intermediate singer, senior instrumentalist and senior singer, as well as winners of the Walser Cup and Hunter Cup.

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The Walser Cup, awarded to Katie Diss, was donated in memory of David Walser, a former chaplain of the school who loved music.

The Hunter Cup, donated by Monica Hunter, a former piano teacher at the school, was awarded to Tom Scott.

The senior young musician of the year and the Walser Trophy was awarded to Yinni Hu.