A highlight in the musical calendar

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Mr Tim Ridley

Festival adjudicator, Mr Tim Ridley ended a very busy day at Perform in Perform with these remarks:

“It was a great joy to be back adjudicating at Perform in Perth, always a highlight in my musical calendar.  Solo performance-wise, for those who only come along to St Leonard’s for the more traditional woodwind, brass, strings, piano and singing classes, you could be forgiven for thinking that the percussion day is a rather minority event.  But it is actually one of the busiest days in the Festival, with a plethora of classes covering drum kit, snare drum, xylophone and timpani at all levels.”

“Over almost 12 hours of competition we heard from a large number of school musicians, all giving of their best, but also taking the opportunity to benefit from the invaluable experience of seeing their peers perform.”

“Standards were very high, culminating in some absolutely outstanding playing in the Open classes.  Peaking with the Open Drum Kit, those in the audience were treated to three totally professional standard performances, causing the adjudicator heartache when having to determine a winner. The whole day, as so much of Perform in Perth is, was a great tribute to the exemplary teaching available to our school pupils in Perth and Kinross. They are so lucky to benefit from such superb, dedicated tuition, and it is important this is not taken for granted.”

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