Students from Fyling Hall have been taking part in the Eskdale Festival for Spoken Word and Music all week. This local competition tests students on their playing or performing ability. We are very proud of all our students who have taken part in the Festival, there are too many to mention them all by name but here are some highlights:

Eskdale 6Junior School Winners:

Group Classes

Choral Speaking Form 3 2nd place

Newcasters Form 3 1st place

School Orchestra (all years) 1st place

School Band (all years) 2nd place

School Choir non-competitive but received excellent feedback

Form 1 Singing games non-competitive but the adjudicator Stanley Rucroft called them “marvellous”

Recorder ensemble 2nd place

Eskdale 9Solos and Duets

Olivia Coates 1st place recorder solo with a brilliant mark of 88 (a distinction)

Ben Carpenter and Harry Brindley 2nd place Unusual duet. Harry also took part in the novice woodwind solo with Olivia Coates.

Ewan Wormald 1st place trombone solo

Tomas and Toby Richardson 3rd place piano duet.

Tomas Richardson 3rd place Spoken Word he also won the recorder solo class with Toby Richardson coming in 3rd place.

Ben Carpenter 2nd place Brass solo

Phoebe Russell 3rd place Piano Solo

Senior School Winners:Eskdale 8

Senior School Choir gained two 2nd places in Choir recital and the Christmas in March classes, competing against adult choirs and receiving excellent feedback.

George Husband 1st place Own Composition class. He will also perform in the Best of the Fest Gala Concert on Saturday night, which is a huge honour for a student who is competing with his own work.

Susannah Gaffney 2nd place folk song solo

Anna Sweeney 1st place saxophone solo and 1st place with her sister Niamh Sweeney in a duet class. Niamh also competed in the clarinet solo class and gained 3rd place. The sisters were proud to be invited to play at the Festival’s Jazz Lunch last Sunday where they performed alongside adult musicians. The girls played both solo and duet pieces and were praised for their performances.

Charlotte McAdam 3rd place piano solo

Maeve Sutterby 3rd saxophone solo.

Ailsa Legg 2nd place in year 9 and under instrumental solo class playing both the flute and traditional wooden flute for this class.

Students also competed as part of the Whitby Area Vocal Ensemble, Whitby Junior Strings, Whitby Junior Band and the Esk Valley Concert Band.

The school also competed in Drama classes again this year after last year’s success:

Corbin Shearing 1st place Shakespeare Solo with Clementine Bentley and Jaime Miralles gaining joint 3rd place.

Corbin Shearing, Jack Dudley, Aaron Preston, Reece Glossop-Jones and Jaime Miralles won the group drama class. This was particularly successful as year 8 students Reo Smith, Charles Haggas, Hottie Hodgson and Nicole Sample came in 2nd place and Cameron Davis, Kai Rhodes, Maeve Sutterby, Charles Haggas and Alethea Shephard came 3rd.