Determined not to skip this year’s Hepburn Music Festival over lockdown, the Music department arranged for over 400 pupils from all year groups to submit recorded performances to the department’s drop-box. Live Masterclasses with selected musicians were then held online, showcasing the breadth of talent, hard at work at home.
Back at School for the Summer Term, the Final Recital was held on May 2nd before an audience in the Great Hall. Eleven accomplished pupils were chosen to perform, highlighting the musicianship across the School, with performances on voice, strings, piano and organ, brass, percussion and guitar.
When the adjudicators adjourned, the winner of last year’s Hepburn, Justin Leung (S) performed Scherzo no.2, Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin.
The Hepburn Prize was awarded to Harun Tekin (S), who sang Après un rêve by Gabriel Fauré. The Tatum Cup for the Hepburn Runner-up was presented to Rohan Dahiya (L), on the Tuba Concerto: First movement, Allegro deciso by Edward Gregson. The David Bateman Cup for Musical Promise was presented to Marcus McDevitt (L), on organ with Dieu parmi nous, from La Nativité du Seigneur by Olivier Messiaen.