The sound of success at Ripon school

Pictured from left at Cathedral Choir School preparing for their music exams are Andras Sebestyen, Claire Strafford, Julia Clutterbuck, Karen Coram, Anita Oldham, Sarah Ali, Louise McDade,Vicky Swires and Holly Craven.  110621M5.
Pictured from left at Cathedral Choir School preparing for their music exams are Andras Sebestyen, Claire Strafford, Julia Clutterbuck, Karen Coram, Anita Oldham, Sarah Ali, Louise McDade,Vicky Swires and Holly Craven. 110621M5.

PARENTS and teachers from Ripon’s Cathedral Choir School are celebrating their musical successes.

A group of 17 adults have triumphed in music exams taken on instruments they first picked up only a few months ago.

The House Music Competition winners at Cahedral Choir School pictured with composer Simon May, Mayor Mick Stanley, Mayoress Gillian Stanley and Anna Bleiker.  (110630M5)

The House Music Competition winners at Cahedral Choir School pictured with composer Simon May, Mayor Mick Stanley, Mayoress Gillian Stanley and Anna Bleiker. (110630M5)

Initially the music staff decided raise money towards the school’s planned new music library by being sponsored to take an exam in an instrument they had never played before.

Once word got round other teachers and parents decided to join in, and 17 adults sat exams and Preparatory Tests at the beginning of July.

“We hope to raise lots of money and also feel that this is a perfect opportunity for people who have always wanted the opportunity to learn an instrument” said Director of Music Mrs Craven.

All 17 passed, with three distinctions and six merits.

Meanwhile, pupils took part in their own musical extravaganza.

The House Music competition – won by Romans house – took place on Thursday, June 30, with guest judge Simon May, famous as the composer of “Smike” the musical based on Nicholas Nickleby.