The prizes awarded at Awards Ceremonies that are held each term form part of the formal recognition of pupil achievement at Kingswood College. This award was awarded on the 7th of October 2021 at the Academic Awards Ceremony and reflects the results from the 2021 Second Term.
The journey of an accomplished musician never ends. It requires discipline and dedication to regular practice, often involving endless repetition. Anna has embraced her journey with seriousness and determination, displaying musical integrity and continually maintaining a high standard on three instruments.
Anna began her musical journey in Grade 2 when she started learning the piano. In Grade 4 she took up the violin. The clarinet was added to the repertoire during her Grade 7 school year.
Anna joined Kingswood College for her senior years in 2017. It immediately became evident that she was a talented musician who would excel as a member of the Music School.
In 2019, her Grade 10 year, she was awarded Colours for Music. Always eager to push personal limits and not stay in a musical comfort zone, Anna decided to replace the clarinet with the alto saxophone during that year. She took to the instrument with ease, playing her Trinity College (London) Grade 8 Virtual Saxophone exam this year. This is a remarkable accomplishment after less than two years on the instrument. Anna also played her Trinity College (London) Grade 8 Virtual Piano exam this year, achieving a merit.
Anna’s whole-hearted commitment to three ensembles – Concert Band, Saxonettes and String Ensemble – has shown that she is a dedicated team player. She is always eager to play solo parts within these ensembles.
Anna continually challenges herself, embracing situations that are new. She has accompanied fellow pupils on the piano for Performance Classes, played at Artist in Residence master classes on piano and violin, travelled to Gqeberha for saxophone lessons with International Saxophonist, Paul Richard and played numerous solo items at concerts including the live-streamed Uyinene Mrwetyana Lecture.
Anna is a worthy recipient of this Honours award for Music due to her willing attitude, her high standard of playing and the high level of discipline she applies to her art. It is therefore also fitting that she has been awarded the Esme Godlonton Prize for most outstanding achievement and contribution at this year’s Prizegiving.