On Sunday evening the five best young woodwind players in the country went head to head in a recital competition which was televised on BBC4 and featured our own Upper Sixth music scholar Alice. To have reached this stage of the competition was a phenomenal achievement in itself and Alice was joined in the final by a flautist, a clarinettist, an oboist and a recorder player. The recitals were exceptional – all five performers showed incredible levels of technical dexterity, musical understanding and a natural assurance on the stage. Alice’s programme consisted of music by Bourdeau, Vivaldi and Miroshnikov and she performed beautifully with her sparkling personality always shining through in her playing. There was even a brief glimpse of Chapel Choir and Big Band in the short introductory film before her recital, as well as a lovely scene of Alice and her friends relaxing together at school. For anyone who missed it, you can still catch it on iPlayer and there are further details on the website.
The oboist Ewan Millar was the worthy winner on the night, but we are so incredibly proud of Alice who gave her all and still holds the accolade of being the best young bassoonist in the country!