Humberston Academy named joint runners up at DRET Music Cup

Students and staff at Humberston Academy have been celebrating after being named joint runners up at the DRET Music Cup.

Over 450 talented musicians from across the David Ross Education Trust 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. 

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.”

After a high standard of performance across the academies, Skegness Grammar School and Humberston Academy were joint runners up, while Malcolm Arnold Academy claimed victory, retaining the Music Cup title for the third year in a row.

Humberston student, Grace Thinnessen-Sanders, performed a piano solo on behalf of the academy. This was followed by a strong vocal solo performance by fellow student Elanor Anderson. 

Matt Watling, Principal at Humberston Academy, said: “Our students performed with such energy and the event was a great success.

“We are extremely privileged to have this opportunity every year and I am very proud of the students’ achievements.”