North Derbyshire schoolchildren hit the right notes at music festival

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Students at two schools in North Derbyshire are celebrating outstanding results in one of the region’s most prestigious music competitions.

Pupils from Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill won 50 out of the 57 categories they entered in the Worksop Music Festival, held last month.

There was also success for younger children from the college’s preparatory department, Barlborough Hall School, in Barlborough, who won seven out of their nine categories.

Staff and pupils are now celebrating the achievement.

Overall around one third of pupils at both schools took part in the event, so both had multiple entries in many of the categories.

In addition to the 88 per cent success rate in terms of first place honours, pupils across the two sites also achieved 12 second and 12 third place awards.

Head of music Lucy Kitchener said that staff were particularly proud of the schools’ choirs and instrumental ensembles.

The groups won all 15 categories they were entered into.

Overall more than 40 performances were given ‘distinction’ or ‘outstanding’ gradings by the judges.

A number of soloists and ensembles have now been invited to take part in the festival’s traditional prizewinners’ concert at The Crossing in Worksop on April 29.

Mount St Mary’s headteacher Nicholas Cuddihy said: “Our schools place music very high up the educational agenda, so we are delighted at our pupils’ success in this important event.

“Their achievements reflect not only their musical talents, but also the hard work and dedication they have put into practice and rehearsals over many years.”

Mount St Mary’s College is a co-educational day and boarding school for youngsters aged 11-18, which was founded in 1842.

Meanwhile Barlborough Hall, a preparatory school for children aged three to 11, opened its doors in 1939.