Talented young musicians strike the right note at competition

PUBLISHED: 08:10 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:10 02 March 2018

The winners of Saffron Walden Music Festival: Alex Holder guitar, Josh Lucas cello and overall winner, Bethan Spragg trumpet, Charles Curtin saxophone, Hannah O'Sullivan vocals and Benjamin Somers Heslam piano

The winners of Saffron Walden Music Festival: Alex Holder guitar, Josh Lucas cello and overall winner, Bethan Spragg trumpet, Charles Curtin saxophone, Hannah O'Sullivan vocals and Benjamin Somers Heslam piano

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Five of the six winners playing at the winners’ concert closing the annual Saffron Walden Music Festival are pupils at Saffron Walden County High School.

Bethan Spragg from Herts and Essex High School, playing the trumpet, won the brass sectionBethan Spragg from Herts and Essex High School, playing the trumpet, won the brass section

The concert on Sunday, February 25, at Saffron Hall, was finale of the event which ran over the weekend.

The winners of the six sections played for a public audience at a free event.

The overall festival winner was Josh Lucas in year nine at the County High, who had won the string section. He was awarded the festival prize at Sunday’s concert. Benjamin Somers Heslam, who is in year 13 at the school was the winner of the piano section. Charles Curtin, in year 11 won the woodwind, Alex Holder in year 13 won the guitar section and Hannah O’Sullivan, year 10 at the County High, won the vocals.

Charles Curtin on saxophone, winner of the woodwind sectionCharles Curtin on saxophone, winner of the woodwind section

Bethan Spragg from Herts and Essex High School in Bishop’s Stortford won the brass.

There were 200 entries for the competitive festival.

Hannah O'Sullivan, best vocalistHannah O'Sullivan, best vocalist

Benjamin Somers Heslam won the piano sectionBenjamin Somers Heslam won the piano section

County High pupil Josh Lucas was the overall festival winner, having won the string sectionCounty High pupil Josh Lucas was the overall festival winner, having won the string section

Alex Holder won the guitar sectionAlex Holder won the guitar section

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