The new Blue Coat School Organ Scholarship goes from strength to strength, in spite of numerous interruptions caused by the covid pandemic.
All four of our organ scholars joined Lady Anne Dodd at a school event especially organised so she could meet them. Our pioneering two scholars George Ke and Olivia Stone, both Year 11, played for Lady Anne, along with their Deputy Tutor, Old Blue Daniel Greenway from the Class of 2020, on the recently restored historic Father Willis organ in Shirley Hall.
The following two scholars, Charles Fisher, Year 9, and Alexandra Somova, Year 10, took part in an interview at the event with George and Olivia, hosted by Mr Emery, Blue Coat Director of Music, in the School Chapel.
All of their contributions were performed to a VIP audience comprising not only Lady Anne, but also Sir Andrew Parmley, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Organists; Professor Peter Toyne, a major Blue Coat School Organ Scholarship supporter; and Professor Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
In spite of these highly-intimidating circumstances, all four scholars acquitted themselves magnificently. Partly due to the standards this quartet has achieved so quickly, Sir Andrew Parmley awarded the RCO’s Accredited Institution status to Blue Coat School, during Lady Anne’s visit.
George and Olivia also both passed their Grade 4 Organ exam with distinction, which is a great tribute to their skills, talent and dedication, once again in the face of difficulties caused by the pandemic.
Charles and Alexandra are now progressing towards their Grade 4 organ exam, and George and Olivia to Grade 6.
Auditions for the fifth and sixth Organ Scholarships will be held in November. These are open to any students in Year 9, who has Grade 5 piano or above.
To find out more about our organ scholars, please click here.