Lloyd Webber hails King's Rochester

The brass musicians at King’s Rochester are celebrating a successful weekend at the Woodard Schools Young Musician of the Year awards which was held on Saturday 6th May in the stunning Elgar Hall, Birmingham

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12th May 2017 — George Crawford, aged 13 and in Year 8 at King’s Rochester Preparatory School won the Junior Young Musician of the Year title playing En Irlande by Bozza on the French Horn and classmate Edward Hyde aged 13 was a commended runner up, on the Trombone playing Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant.

The competition was adjudicated by the internationally famous cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who commented 'there must be something happening in the brass department at King’s Rochester!’. Mr Lloyd Webber later tweeted the school thanking them on the terrific standard of brass playing.

In the Senior Young Musician of the Year competition King’s Rochester was represented by George Harrington aged 18 on Tuba, George Hancock aged 18 on Organ and Singer Amelia Chambers aged 18, all students in the Upper Sixth.

Director of Music, Mr Doug McIlwraith commented: “The Musician of the Year competition selects the best musicians from all 40 Woodard Schools. The music on display is of an extremely high standard and to be selected as a finalist is high a accolade but to win it is remarkable”.

King’s Rochester won the Senior Competition in 2014 with Laurence Long playing Organ and is delighted to have now won the Junior Competition too.

About King's Preparatory School

Children at King's benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum which is designed to educate the whole person as well as to gain the best possible academic results. Whatever their talents, pupils at King's Prep are encouraged to grasp every opportunity both inside and outside the classroom and through involvement in Music, Sport, Drama and the wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities on offer. King's Prep is large enough to provide a full range of options and facilities, but small enough to create and maintain a 'family feel' where teachers know everyone really well. 

Our Christian community welcomes children from a wide variety of backgrounds and faiths. As a Cathedral School, our aim is that girls and boys will grow happily in understanding, knowledge and confidence, under-pinned by the positive values which shape King's. This website will, I am sure, give you a taste of what King's Rochester is like - but it cannot replicate the feel of the place which is so important in choosing the right school for your child. Please do come and visit King's and meet our happy, engaging, confident and well-mannered pupils -  and see how we help each child to flourish.

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