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Skye is the limit for Bishop’s Stortford High School’s musician of the year

Skye Platts (8019575)
Skye Platts (8019575)

The Bishop’s Stortford High School’s newly crowned Musician of the Year 2019 is violinist Skye Platts.

The Year 13 student is preparing for biology, chemistry and physics A Levels. In 2020 she is taking a year out to study electronic music production before taking up her place at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama to take a four-year music degree which will include composition, production and performance.

Skye's winning rendition at the 40th annual Bishop’s Stortford High School Music Festival was Rachmaninov's Danse Hongroise Op.6 No.2 in what was described as an “absolutely astonishing and stunning performance”.

Adjudicator and world-renowned classical guitarist Craig Ogden was impressed by the high standard of all the young contestants.

There were three finals: beginners, intermediates and advanced. In the advanced category, which was won by Skye, drummer Luca Santos-Sims was highly commended and saxophonist Finn Lihoreau was commended.

The intermediate champion was vocalist Teddy Pope, with Alex Milkowski (French horn) highly commended and Aaron Mehmet (drums) commended. The beginners' title went to classical guitarist Alex Banhidai, with Harry Taylor (drums) highly commended and Thomas Bradshaw (bass guitar) commended.

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