A former Royal Opera singer heard children as young as eight perform solos at our Spring Music Festival.

Head Staff Director at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Ms Amy Lane’s credits also include being a backing singer for Barry Mannilow at Wembley Arena and directing for English National Opera and The Royal Danish Opera.

She was invited to judge at the annual concert which showcases Gad’s top musicians.

Ms Lane and guests were treated to a selection of classical and contemporary songs and pieces on a variety of instruments including piano, marimba and drums.

Highlights of the evening included our very own rock band’s rendition of Eurythmics’ classic Sweet Dreams and former Gad’s student Kieran Lamb’s Méditation on violin, and of course all the solo festival performances form our seniors and juniors.

A King’s Scholar, Kieran is studying for his A-levels at King’s School, Rochester, and was thrilled to be invited to perform as guest of honour.

He has recently achieved his Percussion Grade 8 exam and is one of only five people in the country to have won a place at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Ms Lane presented trophies to the top scoring youngsters at the end of the evening and congratulated them on their showmanship, storytelling and passion for music:

“It has been an honour for me to be part of such an amazing display of musical talent.

“Each performance lit up the room and I really didn’t want them to end – I’m confident the techniques and commitment displayed here tonight will continue to bring emotion and joy for many years to come.”

Junior winners:

3rd place, Lily Howell

2nd place, Holly Taylor

1st place, Sienna Bronmley

Senior winners:

3rd place, Robert Hunt

2nd place, Telidga Crockford

1st place, Freya Smith

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