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Students at Mount St Mary’s have been celebrating outstanding results in one of the region’s most prestigious music competitions, the Worksop Music Festival.  They won 50 of the 57 categories they entered.

There was also success for younger children from the College’s preparatory school, Barlborough Hall School, who won seven out of their nine categories.

Children and young people from Mount St Mary's College and Barlborough Hall School who achieved remarkable success in the recent Worksop Music Festival

Children and young people from Mount St Mary’s College and Barlborough Hall School who achieved remarkable success in the recent Worksop Music Festival

In addition to the 88% success rate in terms of first place honours pupils also achieved 12 second and 12 third place awards.

According to Head of Music, Lucy Kitchener, staff are particularly proud that the schools’ choirs and instrumental ensembles won all 15 categories in which they competed, and overall more than 40 performances were given “distinction” or “outstanding” grades by the judges.

A number of soloists and ensembles were then invited to take part in the festival’s traditional prizewinners’ concert at The Crossing in Worksop, where they continued their musical winning ways.

Some of the pupils from Mount St Mary's College who were successful at Worksop Festival of Music and the subsequent prizewinners' concert

Some of the pupils from Mount St Mary’s College who were successful at Worksop Festival of Music and the subsequent prizewinners’ concert

Individual awards at the second concert went to Sam Castle (violin), Harry Castle (voice), Natasha Cutts (voice) and Lily Frascina (brass).

Mount St Mary’s Jazz Band and Senior Brass Quintet also collected instrumental ensemble awards.  In addition, the senior school and the preparatory school each won their respective senior and junior Choral Excellence Shields.

The proudest moment of all was to be presented with the historic and coveted Worksop Guardian Shield for best overall contribution to the festival.

Mount St Mary’s Headmaster, Dr Nicholas Cuddihy, commented, “This was a vintage year for the school in terms of success at this prestigious festival, and I am delighted that our pupils received a number of other awards for their excellent performances at the prizewinners’ concert.  Their achievements reflect not only their undoubted musical talents, but also the hard work and dedication they have put into practice and rehearsals over many years.”

Mount St Mary’s College, a co-educational day and boarding school in the Jesuit tradition for young people aged 11-18, was founded in 1842.  Its preparatory school for children aged 3-11, Barlborough Hall School, opened its doors in 1939.  The schools offer a range of music and choral scholarships for talented singers and instrumentalists.