St. Marys Sixth Formers Achieve Musical Success!

Congratulations to St. Mary’s College pupils Sophie Clarke and Ellie Griffiths, who have both achieved outstanding musical successes recently.

Sophie Clarke, who is 17 and lives in Waterloo, entered the Burnley Festival of Speech, Music & Stage Dance. She achieved nine first places and was also the overall winner of the Choral Cup for gaining the highest mark out of the competition classes for her performance of Bach’s “Bereite Dich Zion”.

Sophie often supports the British Heart Foundation in helping to raise thousands of pounds each year. In her most recent concert she was the soloist for the evening, accompanied by Rhos Orpheus Male Voice Choir and the Wallasey Female Choir. In addition to this, the musical director of Rhos Orpheus Male Voice Choir has invited Sophie to be a soloist for one of their 2017 concerts.

Finally, after a fierce round of auditions, Sophie has been selected to perform in a London showcase by CPA Studios, to an audience of casting agents and directors. This is a most promising achievement, as she gained one of only ten places nationally.

Meanwhile, Ellie Griffiths, aged 16, from Crosby, finished in the top three in all four of her instrumental classes at the Wirral Festival of Music recently.

She won the Wirral Festival Plate for highest score in any open-age instrumental class for her performance of Dimitrescu’s “Village Dance”.

Ellie has been studying with Mrs Barbara Baden for 6 years, and achieved distinctions in her ABRSM Grade 8 Violin and Viola examinations at age 15. She is planning on taking her ATCL Diploma with Trinity College, London in June, alongside her AS Levels.

Ellie is also the leader of St. Mary’s Symphony Orchestra and participates in several other orchestras in Crosby and Liverpool.


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