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Winning Musical Ways

Over the last month, we have enjoyed some outstanding musical performances at St John’s through our annual Forbes Music Competition and the much-anticipated inaugural ‘Battle of the Bands’.

On Tuesday 26 February, the Forbes Music Competition saw 120 of our pupils, from across all year groups, performing an eclectic repertoire with commitment, energy and passion.  Competing in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories for three external adjudicators, the feedback our musicians received highlighted the wonderful spirit in which everyone approached the event.

St John’s then held its first ever ‘Battle of the Bands’ on Thursday 14 March.  Open to all pupils at any level, the bands performed superbly and with an infectious sense of enjoyment. All ages were represented and the audience was treated to a diverse mix of styles with music from John Mayer to Led Zeppelin. The adjudicators for the evening were our own Mr Turner and Mr Bennett, who both gave insightful and encouraging feedback to the performers, before naming the ‘PG Trips’ as winners.

We were delighted to be able to welcome the winning performers from both competitions back to the stage for our Winners’ Recital on Tuesday 19 March. The performances were fantastic but, even more importantly, the recital was an opportunity for us to showcase the achievements of some of our finest musicians across all year groups, ability levels and musical genres: a real celebration of the musical life of the School.