Moreton Hall’s Year 7 student Hedy Dong has been crowned Oswestry Youth Music Festival’s 'Young Performer of the Year 2020'
Pianist Hedy competed against hundreds of performers including fellow Moreton student Kate Reardon having both won their 12 and under solo class earlier in the competition. Hedy’s performances were executed in a highly professional and committed way and gained her the prestigious, coveted title in the final round.
During the five-day music festival, Moreton Hall musicians gained a record number of first places with some hugely impressive and breath-taking performances.
Moreton 'swept the board' in the Musical Theatre classes with Kate Reardon, Emma Barnes and Megan Keaveney gaining top spot in their respective age categories.
Cici Jin, Hedy Dong, Kate Reardon and Tami Perry all came first in their respective solo piano, brass and vocal classes.
Alongside studying for their GCSEs, Tara Davies and Eloise Bowyer, and Catherine Tong and Jamie Wong won the 18 and under instrumental and piano duet classes convincingly.
Helen Rayner Director of Music at Moreton Hall commented, “It was an absolute privilege to watch our students' performances over the course of the Festival – every one performed with poise, professionalism and commitment.”
Helen continued, “Moreton Hall musicians wish to thank the organisers and Oswestry Town Council who continue to fully support this wonderful competition.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a professionally run Music Festival in our local community and we wish to encourage all local musicians to take part in this very special annual event.”
Oswestry Music Festival dates back to the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977 and is now well established in the County Music Calendar attracting entries from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales. The Festival includes a programme of individual, group and school opportunities linked with celebrity concerts, trophies, certificates and prizes.