Last week students from Bohunt participated in The Godalming Performing Arts Festival.
On Wednesday evening, the Brass Ensemble run by Emma Button, our brass teacher, entered non-competitively and received some fantastic feedback. Five students from the original 12 who entered performed in this section and really played well. Judges commented that “A good sound all around with solos were well delivered, they were rhythmically strong and included a very solid tenor horn foundation”. Well done to William Longlands, Ben Asman, Luke Baines, Ben Laurin, Felicity Kelson.
The Wind Quintet, run by Paula Streeter, gained 94/100 marks, a distinction, which placed them first in their class. Harry Linegar (Flute) Mary Foong (Oboe) Rhys K Jones (Clarinet and Clarinet in C), Katharine Foong (French Horn) and Ruby Arbon (Alto Saxophone). Credit came from the adjudicator for Ruby who stepped in at the last minute when our Bassoon player could no longer attend, only rehearsing with them for the first time on Wednesday. Ruby played from a transposed score by Harry who created it on Wednesday for her in order to make this whole performance possible.
The Flute Choir run by Naomi Wilson, our flute teacher, achieved real excellence performing three pieces including ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Yesterday’. They achieved 90/100 and came first in their class. Students involved were; Poppy Beattie, Daisy Beattie, Maeve Culbert, Erin Dare, Harry Linegar, Jessica Manns, Zoe Riley, Kasia Sosin, Naomi Ward and Olivia Taylor.
Head of Performing Arts Miss Carly Du Feu said, ” We’ve had a wonderful evening here in Godalming this year. We are so proud of our students. I am particularly proud as the adjudicator stopped me to congratulate me in person on what instruments we are offering our students and the enjoyment and quality with which they play”.
A few weeks ago our students also entered the choir section of the Godalming Festival performing at Charterhouse Chapel. Our small KS3 choir of 24 students from years 7 – 9 achieved distinction and came second place. They played against some competitive schools with a truly honest performance of both ‘Adiemus’ and ‘Blackbird’ with exceptional dynamic contrast and well-balanced harmonies. We received some incredible feedback and again really showed the strength of music at Bohunt School in our community.
Patricia Foong, parent of one those performing said, ” Congratulations to Bohunt students on an excellent turnout from the School this evening! Everyone played very well and the wind quintet winning their class was the icing on the cake. Thank you and the staff who put in so much effort to make this sort of event happen”.