Talented young musicians compete for top honours at music festival

The winner's of this year's King's Ely Music Festival.

The winner's of this year's King's Ely Music Festival. - Credit: Archant

King’s Ely’s annual music festival reached its climax this week as students competed for accolades in front of a packed crowd in Ely Cathedral.

Parents, pupils, staff and members of the public were wowed by the talent on display as musicians performed under the Octagon Tower.

There were 143 entries in total across 17 classes, including 59 vocal entries.

The number was whittled down to nine in the intermediate final (13-15-year-olds) and to six in the senior final (16-18 year olds).

The winners including intermediate instrumentalist, intermediate singer, senior instrumentalist and senior singer, as well as recipients of the Walser Cup and Hunter Cup, each receive £50 worth of iTunes vouchers.

The Walser Cup, awarded to Edward Birchinall, 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 Asia Choudhry. The senior young musician of the year and the Walser Trophy was awarded to Yuki Kimura.

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Director of Music, Jonathan Kington, said: “After two weeks of preliminary heats and a keenly contested semi-final, the finalists performed in the splendour or Ely Cathedral.

“The King’s Orchestra led the way with a performance of Wagner’s Grand March from Tannhauser before intermediate and senior musicians took to the stage. This was a real feast of music displaying consistently high levels of musicianship.”