Henry Newbould (Ch V), Alexander Bird (S LVI), Ben Sansom (PH V) and Henry Kennedy (I UVI) gave a sparkling performance of ‘An American in Paris’ by George Gershwin in the finals of the prestigious Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival for Schools, held in the Birmingham Conservatoire on Sunday 23rd March.
The Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival is an annual competition that celebrates the best chamber music-making from ensembles in schools across the country. Overall around 900 young musicians took part in the festival this year from schools across the country. Four groups from Shrewsbury School made it through to the semi-finals, held at the School earlier this month.
Shrewsbury’s Senior Saxophone Quartet were among 27 ensembles who won through to the national finals on Sunday, which were judged by Guest Adjudicator Alexander Baillie and Chief Adjudicator Peter Esswood. Alexander Baillie is recognised internationally as one of the finest cellists of his generation, and Peter Esswood is Head of Strings at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
John Moore, Director of Music at Shrewsbury School, is delighted with their success: “This represents a wonderful achievement from these four young saxophonists, who under the excellent coaching of Head of Wind, Maria MacKenzie, have mastered such difficult repertoire and through their wonderfully musical performances have deservedly gained recognition in this year’s Pro Corda Competition. We are hugely proud of them of course.”