Two students from Salisbury schools are celebrating success after coming top in the regional final of a major music competition organised by Rotary, and sponsored by Salisbury Rotary Club.

Michael Tao, a student in year 11 at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, won the instrumental section with his performance on the piano of Etude Op. 42 by Alexander Scriabin and Rigoletto – Paraphrase de Concert S434 by Franz Liszt. He beat four other pianists and a violinist in the regional final held in Truro.

Iris Lam, a student in year 12 at The Godolphin School, won the vocal section with her performance Pianogero la Sorte Mia by Handel and Der Musensohn by Schubert, with her accompanist, Rob Taylor, from Godolphin, She beat two other vocalists.

The Regional final in May was held at Truro School, where the pair competed against competitors from all over the South West. The Salisbury round, organised by Rotarian Alan Corkill, took place in February, and was hosted at Godolphin. Michael and Iris made it through to the district final in March at Bryanston School, where they each won in their sections.

Salisbury Rotary Club president, Nigel Brookes, said the club was “delighted”that the two local students have won competitions with “such high standards and against other students in the South West”.

Adding: "We are particularly grateful to Olivia Sparkhall, Assistant Director of Music and Head of Academic Music at Godolphin, and Lewis Edney, Director of Music at Bishop Wordsworth’s, for all their help and support."


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