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Herts and Essex High School students triumph in Rotary Young Musician Competition

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Bethan Spragg and Madelaine McCarthy (8007630)
Bethan Spragg and Madelaine McCarthy (8007630)

Two Herts and Essex High School students hit the right note in the district Rotary Young Musician Competition.

Bethan Spragg, a Year 10 brass player, and Year 13 singer Madelaine McCarthy impressed the judges with their performances at Chelmsford Cathedral, winning the instrumental and vocal categories. They now progress to the regional heats in Cambridge on April 7.

Peter Clayton, the Warwick Road secondary’s subject leader of music, accompanied Madeleine. He said: “The standard of all the musicians was incredibly high and both students should feel very proud – I know I was!”

Bethan, whose performance was accompanied by Michael Smith, said: “I've been playing in the Rotary competitions on piano and trumpet since I was 11. It's been an invaluable experience every year and has given me the opportunity to be able to perform in front of an audience."

She attends Junior Guildhall – a specialist Saturday school at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama offering advanced training to young people aged 4 to 18 – and has just gained a place in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. She also plays for the East of England Co-op Brass Band.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of the regionals of the Rotary competition," said Bethan. "I hope I can impress the adjudicators with my flugel and trumpet.”

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