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NEWS: Whitgift Woodwind Competition 2018A range of challenging repertoire performed and a rewarding experience for those who took part.


Date published: Tue 20 Nov 2018   Category: Performing Arts


On Tuesday 13 November, the Music Department hosted the Whitgift Woodwind Competition 2018. With three classes catering to a whole range of abilities, the standard of performances was consistently high throughout. Competitors performed a range of challenging repertoire with great confidence and, with detailed feedback and advice given by our adjudicators on the day, the competition once again proved a rewarding experience for all who took part.

Our very own Director of Music, Ms Whitfield adjudicated the lunchtime Category A class, for students from beginner to Grade 3 standard, and awarded the first prize to Lower First Form clarinettist, Joshua Dunaway, for his accomplished and polished performance of Shoehorn Blues by Christopher Norton. Second prize was awarded to Bakari Leon (Second Form) and joint third prize in this hotly-contested class went to Kian Patel (Third Form) and Ashwiyn Sekaran (First Form).

For the evening classes, we welcomed esteemed adjudicator and professional clarinettist Anna Hashimoto to hear the boys perform. In Category B (grade 4-6 standard), Third Former Rishi Patel claimed the first prize with his musical interpretation and assured performance of Gaubert’s Madrigal. Second and Third Prizes were awarded to Oliver Wong and Joseph Russian (both in Second Form) respectively. In the advanced Category C class, the audience were treated to repertoire from classical to contemporary, with all performers showing off their command of their instruments with some very mature musical performances. The prize for Category C, as well as the Jonathan Myall Music Award for the most promising performer throughout the whole competition was awarded to Sixth Form student Marian Bozhidarov, for his technically accomplished and poised performance of Widmann’s Fantaisie for Solo Clarinet, a piece not often attempted by players below conservatoire level. Also giving most enjoyable performances and demonstrating great musical accomplishment were second prize winner Arjun Gobiraj on the  flute and bassoonist James Darsley (both Fifth Form students) who took home third prize.

Congratulations to all who took part, and especially to all of the prize winners. Many thanks must also go to Mr Lane who provided piano accompaniment for all the classes and to all the competitors’ instrumental teachers for their excellent preparation of the boys.

Prizes were as follows:

  • Class A (Grade 0-3)

1st Prize: Joshua Dunaway – Clarinet

2nd Prize: Bakari Leon – Saxophone

3rd Prize (joint): Ashwiyn Sekaran – Saxophone, Kian Patel – Saxophone

  • Class B (Grade 4-6)

1st Prize: Rishi Patel – Flute

2nd Prize: Oliver Wong – Clarinet

3rd Prize: Joseph Russian – Saxophone

  • Class C (Grade 7+)

1st Prize: Marian Bozhidarov – Clarinet

2nd Prize: Arjun Gobiraj – Flute

3rd Prize: James Darsley – Bassoon

  • Jonathan Myall Music Award (for the most promising player across all categories): Marian Bozhidarov – Clarinet 

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