​Four Festival Wins for Arjun | King's College Taunton

​Four Festival Wins for Arjun

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The musical talent of King’s College pupil, Arjun Ashok has once again been recognised at the recent Taunton Festival of the Arts.

Formed in 1913, the festival (formerly the Taunton & Somerset Music, Drama & Dance Festival) exists to encourage and promote the performance and enjoyment of arts. Aiming particularly, but not exclusively, at young people, it provides a challenge and a unique opportunity to perform in a competitive and non-competitive situation in front of adjudicators, all experienced professionals, offering teaching at the highest level.

Music classes are held in piano, strings, woodwind, brass, recorders, composition and vocal. The festival also hosts a broad number of drama, and dance classes.

Arjun, who is a Third Form pupil and music scholar, won the Kingsfield Cup for solo piece under 14; the Baroque Cup for U18 baroque piece not composed by JS Bach; the David Horwood Cup for sight reading U18; and the Tim Harrison Trophy for Open Solo.

Prior to joining King’s College in September last year, Arjun attended our prep school, King’s Hall. He is no stranger to winning prizes for his music; in 2017, he won the U12 Solo Piano Class, the Blackdown Cup and was joint winner in the Grade 6 Solo Piano Class. And in 2018, he followed that up with wins in the Solo Piano, Baroque Composer other than Bach Class and the Baroque Cup!

Director of Music at King’s Hall, Gareth Dayus-Jones said: "Arjun arrived at King's Hall in Year 7 as a music scholar and completely immersed himself in the music department as soon as he could. His playing both on violin and piano was always a joy to hear and he inspired those around him with his enthusiasm and obvious love for music. I am delighted to hear of his ongoing successes at King's College - they are richly deserved!"

Director of Music, Colin Albery added: “I am so pleased that Arjun has been recognised for his talent at the piano and indeed for the hours of hard work he has put into getting his performances ready. He contributes hugely to our music at the College and is thriving in choirs, orchestras and bands as well as a soloist.”

Performing Beethoven’s Pathetique at an assembly this week, Arjun was then presented with his prizes from Headmaster Richard Biggs.

Published on: Sunday, February 10, 2019

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