Giles pupils on song for musical contest

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TALENTED youngsters at the Giles Academy have taken part in an X Factor-style day of musical competitions and performances.

The school, in Old Leake, held its fourth annual Music Masters day on Thursday, organised by the year 11 BTEC music group as part of their First Certificate qualification.

“The competition went really well and standards really seem to be improving each year,” said the school’s head of music, Katie Belcher.

“Around 80 pupils from year seven up to the sixth form took part in a variety of acts throughout the day including solo singers, duets and groups. They were assessed by a panel of four judges – Mark Ferguson and Ben Howman from Lincolnshire County Council’s Music Service, last year’s winner, year 12 pupil Dan Watts, and year 11 representative Jak Kirkman.

Four winners were crowned on the day and awarded trophies. They were: Kai Kirkmam, 12, from Freiston, who won in the lower school competition for a saxophone performance; singing duet Meisha Ruck and Rosie Chase, both aged 16 from Boston, triumphed in the group category; Nicole Strudwick, 17, of Old Leake, was the upper school winner; and Jordan Heeley, 14, from Boston won the best solo voice and also took the overall winner’s trophy.

Year 10 pupil Whitney Carter, 15, said: “The competition was really well organised and gave me the opportunity to perform on stage.”

The winners will performed alongside others at a special ‘Music Blast’ concert held on Friday at the school, in Church Lane.

The school offered thanks to the Music Masters’ sponsors – Produce World.