Double awards for King’s talented musicians
Award winning musicians, Tabitha Reynolds and Sam Hall, sixth form music scholars at King’s Rochester, have both won Young Musician of the Year Awards within a week of each other – Tabitha delighted the Maidstone judges with her versatility and enchanting voice and Sam impressed the Medway panel performing on the cello and saxophone and Laurence Long, pianist, was the runner-up in the Medway awards.
Director of Music, Douglas McIlwraith, said: “I was thrilled that all five of the King’s musicians who entered went through to the final of the Medway awards and I am immensely proud of the achievements of Tabitha, Sam and Laurence – it delights me to hear them make music.”
All three musicians have had an amazing year winning high-profile awards and performing at prestigious venues. Sam won the Royal Opera House fanfare competition for his composition which was followed by an invitation to tea at the House of Lords and his other compositions have been performed at the Royal Festival Hall and locally by the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra at The Central Theatre, Chatham. Tabitha, who also won the Medway Young Musician Award in 2010, said: “Winning these awards is pivotal to other opportunities…” she has recently sung before an audience of 4000 in the Rochester Castle Gardens and has received many invitations to sing as a soloist with orchestras. Laurence has won many notable awards for organ playing and was invited to perform in Germany.
Singing at the Vatican on a King’s choir trip to Rome last autumn was a memorable experience for all three and just a few weeks ago, Tabby and Sam made their debut opera performance in the King’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Rochester Cathedral with Tabitha starring as Dido and Sam as the Drunken Salilor!. This production was directed by Wayne Morris from the Diva Opera company.
Following A Levels this summer, Tabitha will be leaving King’s to take up a vocal scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, she will miss the friendliness of the school and is grateful for the way her teachers have nurtured her talents. Sam, a former cathedral chorister, will be moving into the Upper Sixth and another busy year lies ahead of him composing and performing with a variety of ensembles and bands, not forgetting organising the school’s termly Open Mic Nights!