KING’S Ely Junior’s Music Department organised a Carol Composing Competition in the run-up to Christmas.

Pupils in Years 3-8 were invited to compose their own melody to fit with a verse from a classic Christmas poem. Both the number of and the high quality of entries were impressive, so much so, that it is hoped the competition will become an annual festive highlight.

Numerous prizes were awarded and the majority of pupils who were recognised in the competition are pictured below.

First Prize:
Lucian Watts (Year 4) for his clever word-play, bell-like melody and professional performance.

Joint Second Prizes:
Spencer Read (Year 3) for his jazz-influenced and jolly setting of the words.
Isabel Stephen (Year 5) for her catchy, well-crafted melody and confident singing performance.
Alastair Wright (Year 6) for his skilful word-setting and swinging melody which echoed the words.
Freddie Wright (Year 4) for his accomplished use of rhythm and melody patterns.

Highly Commended:
Cordelia Crowe (Year 3) for her festive tune complete with chords.
Ruth de Cogan (Year 6) for her swinging bell-like rhythms.
Hannah Larmour (Year 5) for her gentle, swooping melody.
Siriya Paragon (Year 4) for her polished performance both singing and playing piano.
Sterling Ryckewaert-Meredith (Year 4) for his dynamic and confident singing.
Thomas Strudwick (Year 8) for his sophisticated setting and dynamic ending.

Congratulations all!

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