Scholarship success for Ripon Cathedral Choir School pupils

100% scholarship success! (S)
100% scholarship success! (S)

SENIOR pupils at Ripon Cathedral Choir school have hit the high notes with some top music scholarships.

The awards mean the students can continue their education in September at various schools around the county.

This year’s award winners are Isabella Clutterbuck from Bedale and James Horan from Harrogate who both won scholarships to Uppingham and Sedbergh. Adam Lofthouse-Hill from Darlington, who won scholarships to Fettes and Yarm, Monty Merchie from York has been awarded scholarships at both Uppingham and Ampleforth and Penelope Simpson from Ripon has won a scholarship at Giggleswick.

Holly Craven, director of music at the school, said: “I am absolutely delighted and feel very proud. The children have done so well.”

Headmaster, Chris McDade added: “As well as these top music scholarship awards some of the students will also be sitting academic scholarships in the near future and we wish them well for these tough exams.

“However, I congratulate all of them on their fantastic achievements so far.”

Two students have also won prizes from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. The Audrey Pass Memorial Prizes for Piano and Singing are awarded to the candidates who achieve the highest marks at Grade 5 in the Harrogate area each year.

“‘We were delighted that Johnnie Furse won the Piano prize and Joseph Barraclough won the Singing prize.

“I am fairly sure that both boys have already planned how to spend their prize money,” Mrs Craven said.