Montgomery Singing Competition

A record forty singers entered the Montgomery Singing Competition, despite the current limitations, and narrowing a very strong field to twelve finalists was an achievement in itself.

It was a great relief therefore (as well as a pleasure) to welcome the renowned soprano and teacher, Natalie Clifton-Griffith, to make the final choice, in a live ‘virtual final’. A winner at the First London Handel Festival Competition in 2002, Natalie has enjoyed a distinguished solo career with orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, has performed at the BBC Proms and the Three Choirs Festival, and appeared with groups including Tenebrae, The Sixteen, I Fagiolini, and the BBC Singers. She has worked extensively in opera and as a recording artist, as well as teaching at schools including Shrewsbury, Lancing, Bedales, and St John’s, Leatherhead. 

Many parents, staff and pupils tuned in live on Friday, 15th May to hear the performers deliver their recitals, and these were followed by a detailed and witty adjudication. Congratulations are due to the following students: 

First Place: Hugo W 

Second Place: Matilda N

Third Place: Alice N

Highly Commended: Benedict K, Issy D and Sebastian C 

Finalists: Pia C, Lucas E, Oscar F, Amy G, Jemima H and Maggie T

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