October 23rd, 2014

A talented singer claimed top prize at the Heartfield-Wharam Scholarship Concert at The Sixth Form College, Solihull last night.

A total of 13 talented musicians auditioned to win a scholarship fund at the first concert of the academic year. Solo performances ranging from vocal pieces to instrumental pieces on the piano, cello, flute, clarinet and trumpet made up the first half of the concert, with Music staff judging the winner.

Jeni Galvin (aged 17, from Solihull) was judged to be the winner for her performance of “Good Morning Baltimore” from the musical “Hairspray”. Her performance even included costume and hairspray as a prop, as she delivered a whole-hearted rendition of the popular musical song.

Jeni will receive a bursary to spend on music tuition from an eminent performer of her choice. The bursary was set up in memory of two great musicians who strongly supported music in Solihull and at the College. Roy Heartfield was the original Head of Music at the College, who died in post in 1992, while Margaret Wharam was the former Head of Music at Malvern Hall and Head Organist at Solihull Methodist Church. The first winner of this prize was in 1994 and for the last 20 years the scholarship fund has continued.

Music teacher Chris Phelps commented, “I must commend all 13 students who auditioned at the concert. Performing in front of an audience is daunting enough without the added pressure of competition. Choosing a winner from such impressive and diverse performances was very difficult but in the end we were unanimous in selecting Jeni’s vocal performance as the most convincing and complete.”

The next music concert at the College will come in December. The Christmas Concert takes place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 17 December.

Family Mass as Saint Paul’s

October 22nd, 2014

Staff, pupils, parents and friends of Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe joined together to welcome to the school the new Year 7 pupils and their parents and carers. 

Each form from the year group contributed to the liturgy, some pupils read the Welcome prayer, whilst others focused on the gospel readings and the offertory presentation. Each of the forms was presented with a candle to use during their time at Saint Paul’s. 

“It’s lovely to see the effort and enthusiasm of those pupils involved and for them to share such a special event with their families and friends.” explained Mrs Lisa Baillie, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “The Mass provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect and join in the singing. The atmosphere was amazing; it was a truly uplifting experience.” 

“It was a wonderful service, all the youngsters enthusiastically joined in and the sound of their voices filling the school hall was marvelous,” said Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The service is a special time for the Year 7 pupils, parents and staff to share in welcoming the new pupils to the school.”