On Wednesday 19 June, Habs held the finals of the 2019 Music Festival. The evening was sensational, with many agreeing that the standard this year was at its highest. All 13 finalists played to an extremely high level, showing a deep understanding of the music/composer, and performing with expressive maturity, style and flair.
The School welcomed Mr Simon Couldridge - Director of Music at Merchant Taylors’ School – who had the onerous task picking just one winner for the coveted Alan Taylor Young Musician of the Year Prize. Mr Couldridge was in high praise of all performers and was blown away by the array of musical talent here at Habs.
A huge congratulations to Fraser (8J), Jack (10S), Leandro (10S), Jobe (8S), Malcolm (9M), William (8R), Christopher (9J), Louis (9R), Kevin (10S), Christopher (10H), Sam (10M), Raphael (10H), Christopher (8C) and Thomas (8J) for reaching the finals, and providing such fantastic performances.
After a stunning performance from the 2018 Musician of the Year winner Aidan (8M) – who played the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor – the top three prizes were finally announced:
Inter-House Shield: Russells
Audience Prize: Leandro (10S)
The Alan Taylor Prize for Young Musician of the Year 2019: Raphael (10H)
This year, the presentation of the Alan Taylor Prize was particularly inspiring and special as Mr Alan Taylor, who was Director of Music at Habs for 35 years from 1962 to 1996, sadly passed in November 2018. His legacy, as an advocate for music, helping to build a department that has seen music enjoyed by many of the boys over the years truly lives on. We will always remember him, and be grateful for all of Mr Taylor's musical passion, kindness and inspiration.