HUNDREDS of people packed into Ely Cathedral for King’s Ely’s eagerly-anticipated Music Festival Final.

King’s Ely Senior and International students battled it out in a series of fiercely-contested heats held in school over a three-week period. The 100 entries were then whittled down to Intermediate Finalists and Senior Finalists, all of whom performed in the spine-tingling final in the splendour of the cathedral’s South Transept on February 8th.

Intermediate Instrumentalist of the Year went to Charlotte Wilkinson and Intermediate Singer of the Year went to William Pinto, who also won Intermediate Musician of the Year.

Emma Yembe was crowned Senior Singer of the Year and Senior Instrumentalist of the Year went to Carlotta Rosenthal, who also won overall Senior Musician of the Year.

Pianist Eleanor MacGillivray won the Monica Hunter Cup, donated by Monica Hunter, a former piano teacher at King’s Ely.

As ever, the quality and variety of the students’ performances were outstanding. The final was adjudicated by conductor Pete Harrison, who studied at the Royal College of Music and is the Musical Director for Inspiration Choir in Southampton.

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