Students shine at DRET Music Cup

Over 450 students from secondary schools across the Trust competed in the annual DRET Music Cup.

Talented musicians performed on stage at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire, in front of their peers, parents and invited guests.

This annual event is an outstanding platform for students to build their confidence and grow their musical talents through live performance, whilst the competition helps provide a focus for individual academies to work towards.

Maisie Bebbington, a Havelock Academy student, performed a strong vocal solo performance on behalf of the academy.

A number of guest judges were in attendance, including the British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 and co-founder of VOCES8 Paul Smith. Their presence motivated students to perform to their best ability throughout the competition.

Apollo5 treated the spectators to an outstanding performance, followed by an impressively led massed a cappella, with everyone in attendance, as part of the finale.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust, commented: “Music is such an important part of our students’ lives, so this event is a great way to encourage their love of music through sharing it with others and learning from each other.

“It has been thrilling to see them perform with such enthusiasm and skill throughout the course of the competition, and to see the standard of music-making rise to impressive levels.

“We are extremely grateful to all the teachers and staff for their hard work throughout – it has been an amazing day for all.”

Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “This annual event is a fantastic opportunity to support students’ achievements in music, as well as teaching them about the importance of winning and losing with grace, in order to make them well rounded individuals.”

“Thank you for all the hard work and time students and staff have dedicated to make the Music Cup a success each and every year.”