Pupils sweep the board at Alderley Edge Festival

Cheadle Hulme School’s talented performing artists were in a class of their own at this year’s Alderley Edge Festival, with winning performances across a range of musical and dramatic competitions.

Year 6 pupils Louis Dunbar-Creasey, Alex Walker, Harry Brown and Lili Dunbar-Creasey. Year 6 pupils Louis Dunbar-Creasey, Alex Walker, Harry Brown and Lili Dunbar-Creasey.

Junior school string players made the stand-out performances of the event, bringing home the winners’ trophies in the String Quartet and Large Ensemble categories, in the pupils’ first ever external music festival.

First prize places also went to Genevieve Jeffcoate in year-9, for her outstanding poetry recitals in two separate categories, and to Harry Holt in year-7, whose performance of “Hernando’s Hideaway” on the trumpet gained him the top spot in the Grades 2 and 3 Brass Solo category.

The junior school Chamber Choir equally impressed the judges, finding themselves just one mark behind the winners in the Junior Choir competition.

Jaqcui Drennan, who leads the Chamber Choir said: “I was exceptionally proud to stand in front of such a committed group of young people and I couldn’t have asked them to do anymore.  The adjudicator commented on how enthusiastic and attentive the pupils were.”


Music Teacher, Mrs Rebecca Whettam said: “After months of preparation and hard work by students and staff alike, it was a wonderful motivator to be able to perform at the Festival alongside ensembles from the top schools in the region. The pupils did themselves proud, performing with confidence and panache.”

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