Harry wins music competition

A talented Shrewsbury pupil has won first prize in a new music competition and is heading for a bright future as a young composer.

Harry Sargeant (17), who is a sixth form student at Shrewsbury School, was awarded first place in the Nock Deighton Challenge 2013.

The new initiative, part of the Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival, was launched to encourage young people’s interest in this type of music and asked for an original musical composition by an under 18 year old.

Harry’s entry, entitled ‘Colonel Custard and Major Mustard’ will now be performed by the Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band during the festival on June 13 and 14.

“To enter I had to write a piece fully scored for a brass band. I decided to have a fast, upbeat section that also returns at the end, and a middle, slower section with more interesting harmonies and rhythms - and I very much enjoyed doing it," commented Harry, who won a music scholarship to Shrewsbury School.
Shrewsbury School’s director of music, John Moore, added: "Harry is one of our most talented young musicians, playing trumpet, cello and piano all to a very high standard.

“Increasingly he is finding a voice too as a composer and arranger for ensembles of various sizes and combinations. He has an innate gift as a composer which we hope to nurture over the next year or so and given his ability at a relatively young age, I'm sure there is much more to look forward to hearing from Harry and we congratulate him on his award.”

Harry, who is currently working on a piece for the Shrewsbury School symphony orchestra, received a £75 cash prize for winning the competition, which as judged by a panel of brass band experts.

His composition will be performed as part of the festival’s youth brass programme.
 

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