Young music stars are on top form at Worksop festival

Kartik Nayak and Olivia Strudwick were both winners at the festival
Kartik Nayak and Olivia Strudwick were both winners at the festival

A trio of young musicians from the Worksop area are celebrating after giving winning performances at the Worksop Music and Drama Festival.

Olivia Strudwick, 10, Kartik Nayak, 11, and Samantha Brooks, 17, will now give an encore performance at the prize winners’ concert in the town on Wednesday, April 26.

Samantha Brooks was one of many success stories for Mount St Mary's College

Samantha Brooks was one of many success stories for Mount St Mary's College

The trio entered the contest along with fellow pupils from Mount St Mary’s College and its preparatory school, Barlborough Hall near Worksop.

Pupils aged from six to 18 collectively entered 90 categories and achieved a 106 podium finishes, including 64 category wins. as well as 27 second places and 15 third places.

In addition, six of the performances were graded outstanding and 24 distinctions were awarded.

Olivia, of Thorpe Salvin, took first place in the grade one piano and grade three vioin/viola category.

Kartik, of Worksop, won grade one brass whilst Samantha, of Elmton, took first for oratorio and second place for both challenge solo and grade six brass.

The school won a wide variety of categories including violin, cello, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet,t rombone, piano, piano duets, jazz piano, guitar, drums, vocal (opera, duets, oratorio, musical theatre, classical, lieder), choral, band and orchestral.

As a result of their success, the school will be well represented at the prize winners’ concert next week.

Mount St Mary’s Jazz Band, Close Harmony Group and Barlborough Hall Under-12 Choir will perform, as will soloists Pollyanna Harrison (voice), Rowan Kitchener (cello), Jack Wilkins (trombone), Scarlett Coughlan (voice), Alexandra Eastwood (voice) and Sam Castle (voice and violin).

Lucy Kitchener, cross campus director of music, said: “We are immensely proud of the success of our instrumentalists and choristers at the Worksop Festival.

“The pupils in every single way – their musicianship, their confidence, their manners and the gracious way in which they competed were noted by many, not least the organisers who were very complimentary

“Of course, winning 64 categories is cause for enormous celebration and I commend every single pupil who performed.

“We are very proud of all our musicians, who bring so much pleasure to this community.”