Perth Modern School music students return from successful International Bratislava Youth Music Festival


Ensemble Directors Celia Christmass, Neil Coy and Elizabeth Hamer.
Ensemble Directors Celia Christmass, Neil Coy and Elizabeth Hamer.

PERTH Modern School music students won five gold and two silver medals at the 8th International Bratislava Youth Music Festival.

The festival, where students also participated in six other ensembles including a string orchestra, wind orchestra, classical guitar ensemble and three chamber choirs, involved 93 students from around the world.

Principal Lois Joll said the students loved their craft and had spent countless hours preparing for the festival.

“It was fabulous to see them honoured with such a fantastic outcome by some of Europe’s top music judges,” she said.

Lydia Hill Almeida (17) was also awarded for most outstanding instrumental soloist of the festival for her performance of Astor Piazollo’s Oblivion for Clarinet and Wind Band.

Ensemble director Mr Neil Coy said Lydia’s performance was a standout.

“Lydia’s performance was magical and it thoroughly deserved the recognition she got from the jury, I’ll never forget working with this special musician,” Mr Coy said.

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