Awards showcase musical talents

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The musical talents of The Leys were showcased in the annual Muriel De Vinny and Elsie Swinton Competition finals.

Guest adjudicator was Roger Sayer, distinguished organist and acclaimed director of some of the UK’s finest choirs. He was organ soloist for Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated score for Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar.

The finalists were selected by Ralph Woodward, classical conductor and musical director of the Fairhaven Singers, one of Cambridge’s leading chamber choirs. 

The Senior Muriel De Vinny was won by Rosie K, who played Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro on the French Horn. Violinist Sofina S and pianist Kitty L were highly commended. They are pictured with Mr Sayer. The Junior competition was won by cellist Alex H, who played Popper’s Polonaise de concert. Violinist Joseph B and pianist Sienna H were highly commended.

The Elsie Swinton singing competition was won by Toby G, who sang O Del Mio Dolce (Ardor) and All of Me (Simons and Marks). Robert MJ and Ellie L were highly commended.

The awards commemorate Muriel De Vinny, who was the Headmaster’s secretary at The Leys from the 1930s to the 1970s and taught piano, and Elsie Swinton, a singer and society hostess in London in the late 19th century and early 20th century whose admirers included Gabriel Fauré and Henry Wood.

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