12 year-old Cumnor House Sussex pupil, Daniel Pengelly, swept the board at the annual Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival, where he played his flute and recorder and won all the woodwind classes – taking home all three cups available in the woodwind section.
At the Prizewinner’s Concert and Awards Presentation, Daniel performed his prizewinning piece, The Great Train Race by Ian Clarke, which had earned him an Honours mark of 91/100 at the Festival. He performed in front of an audience of 180 including Deputy Mayor, Councillor Roderick Hogarth and the Chairman of Sevenoaks District Arts Council, Councillor Alan Pett. Following the Concert, Councillor Alan Pett presented the Daniel with his cups – the Nannie Jamieson Cup, the Warren Challenge Cup and the Town Council Cup for achieving the highest mark in the Woodwind section.
“Daniel so deserves this recognition and success, he is a hugely talented musician,” comments Graham Griffiths, Assistant Director of Music at Cumnor House Sussex. “He also passed his Trinity College of London Associate Diploma with Distinction this term; the standard students would be expected to reach at the end of their first year undergraduate degree. As a result, Daniel can now put the initials ATCL after his name and it will be incredibly exciting to see where his talent and passion for music leads him in the future.”
This year the Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival attracted almost 700 entries from school children and adults from all over the South-East of England. At the final Concert and Awards Ceremony, twenty class winners performed their prize-winning pieces ranging from poetry recitations, drama, singing, a piano solo and duet, violin, cello and recorder – providing an insight into the performances seen by the judges in the competitive classes.
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