Vocal Festival 2016

Over 40 pupils from five Nairobi and Up-country schools performed in three categories: Under 11, Under 13 and Mixed Age Small Ensembles. They were taking to the stage to perform a short recital in the presence of some of Nairobi’s most respected music professionals and today’s adjudicators: Christine Maina and Lydia Ndwiga; professional musicians, renowned in Nairobi for their musical and vocal expertise.

Gemma Badenhorst (Year 5) opened the event in the Under 11 category with her performance of ‘The Crocodile.’ 6 other vocalists followed from Pembroke House, Braeburn and The Banda School. 

The Under 13 category included 21 nominated vocalists including exquisite voice performances from Molly Carroll, Findlay Grammaticas and Flora Brewster.  Oluwafoladei Shonubi’s version of ‘My New Philosophy’ was a particularly expressive highlight as were Maximilien Libeskind and Sean Powell when they performed ‘Duet For Two Cats.’

On completion of the performances, the judges were back with their adjudication. The judges commented on the high quality of the performances, and the apparent lack of nerves. The participants were commended on voice projection and articulation commenting they heard 98% of each words sung.  They were delighted that the soloists engaged with their audience acknowledged by the rapturous applause following every performance. 

This year the Most Promising Young Singer from Year 5 and 6 was awarded to Imani Cherutich (Year 5) from Pembroke for her performance of ‘Part Of Your World’ from The Little Mermaid.  Molly Carroll was awarded the title of Most Promising Young Singer from Year 7 and 8 for her performance of ‘Endless Night’ from The Lion King.

Finally, the award for The Banda School Vocal Festival Vocalist of the Year 2016 went for the second year running to Flora Brewster.  She gave a breathtaking and tear-jerking pitch perfect rendition of ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ from My Fair Lady.




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