The Brentwood Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School Cellists Lily Hagan (10), Hannah McDonald (11), Neave Jupp (10), Samantha Whetstone (7), Katie Sullivan (7), Jamie Bell (5) and Abigail Coe (6) performed in the Under 12 Years String Group Class against six other groups and were awarded gold medals and the Eva Barbarossa Challenge Cup.
Adjudicator, William Bruce, congratulated them on ‘their beautiful playing, excellent listening skills and the sense of fun and enjoyment in their performance'. The cellists also excelled in solo classes with Samantha Whetstone winning the Young Cellist Shield for the most outstanding performance in all the Under 9's Solo Classes.
Their Cello Teacher, Sally Goodfellow, commented ‘these young cellists are a delight to teach. They worked hard preparing for their festival performance attending extra rehearsals during lunchtimes and after school. I am very proud of them they deserve their success.