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The Junior Music Cup was held on Monday 24 May. It was a momentous occasion, as it has been one year and two months since the last music concert at Merchiston. It was great to start with Merchiston’s future leaders, with over 30 boys competing from J4/5 to Third Form. The competition was so large that it was split into two sections. 

The boys had been preparing for several weeks, both in terms of practice and presentation skills, and it showed when they came to perform, with every boy performing confidently and speaking clearly. The judges were taken from our Upper Sixth Music Prefects - Angus E and Christian B - guided through the process by Mr Dennis. 

With so many excellent performances to choose from, it was a difficult choice to pick winners. In J4/5, the year group winners were Harry M, with his sensitive performance on the piano of Angel Fish and Alan T, with his rousing, and technically superb piano performance of Mr Trumpet Man. Alan was selected to perform in the senior section of the competition with First Form to Third Form.

After a short break for the next performers to settle and warm up, First Form came to the stage, with again, another set of confident and musical performances. The winner in this category was, Ruaidhri V, who played Autumn Breeze on the guitar. 

Second Form played next, with an array of instruments. William M and Hamish H took best in year - William, for his emotionally charged saxophone performance of Hallelujah, and Hamish, who delivered a note perfect rendition of Classic Dance on the piano. 

Third Form finished the afternoon's music making, with some mature and developed performances. However, it was Paul R who won best in year group, with an astonishing performance of New York, New York on the piano. 

From all years, an overall winner of the Cup was picked, and this year it was awarded to Henry A, who performed a stunning arrangement of Lewis Capaldi’s song, Somebody You Love, on voice and guitar.

Congratulations must go to the boys for such an array of promising music making. Thanks should go to our judges, Angus and Christian, who were spot on with their decisions. And, as always, thanks to the Junior School staff for helping with the event, and parents for supporting from afar, we are looking forward to having you back again soon. Coming out of such a long absence for the Music Department, it is good to see that the future of Merchiston music looks very healthy.


Stephen Dennis, Director of Music