Oxford Music Festival successes

MCS musicians won more accolades at this year's Oxford Music Festival. 

Lower Fourth Former Quinn Obbink won the Maurice Jacobson Award for general musicianship (18 years and under). He had to choose a ten minute piece of grade 8 standard for the first instrumental and then perform a shorter piece of grade 5 standard or above using a second instrument or voice. He performed Bach’s Partita No.3 in E major on the violin, sang The Night in Silence under Many a Star from George Crumb’s Apparition before also playing Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro on the violin. Quinn also performed at M@SH marathon, the annual contemporary music concert at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building.

Flautist Amy Aron-Muellbauer was awarded the Class A: Orchestral Instrument Award (35 years and under) in the Concerto and Recital Classes. This also comprises part of her ABRSM Diploma programme. A £200 prize came as an added surprise! Amy was invited to play at the same venue in the Festival Concert, with Guy Newbury accompanying.

Meanwhile, Junior School pupils Mark Lasis and Peter Pan were also making their mark at the Oxford Music Festival. Mark beat off stiff competition to win the 10 years and under Piano Solo, while Peter won the 12 years and under Piano Solo. Peter and MCS Third Former Michael Shi were two parts of a threesome that won the Louise Donaghy trophy for their piano trio and also played at the Festival Concert.