Co-curricular

Competitions

Hatton-Bucknall Competition for Woodwind Players 2020

Ten performances this year in a competition which, for the first time, combined both Woodwind and Brass players. Sam R opened with Tango ‘til you drop and was followed by Morgan who played Brahms’ Allegro Amabile (Sonata No.). Freddie showed us what a beautiful tone he produces on the flute with his Sunrise, sunset and Harry gave us an assured account of Mozart’s Allegro (Sonata no 3 in E flat). Jack came next playing With a hint of Lime and Kit followed with a very brisk Swashbuckler’s Song by Hindemith. Thomas H took to the floor with Mozart’s famous Larghetto (Quintet K581) and Sam M came next with Sonata in G (3rd movt.) by François Devienne. Thomas G followed with Stravinsky’s À la Russe and Joe closed with Fnugg by the splendidly-monikered Øystein Baadsvik.

The Adjudicator, Meyrick Alexander, who has enjoyed a career as a professional player in London and beyond, and currently is coaching for the National Youth Orchestra, spoke of the need to breathe, and breathe properly from the diaphragm. He gave second places to Sam M and Harry (as woodwind and brass players respectively) and first place to Joe, for his extraordinary performance on the tuba, which involved playing, singing and dancing simultaneously.