Lodge Park take home third place at DRET Music Cup

Students and staff at Lodge Park Academy have been celebrating after being awarded third place at the DRET Music Cup.

Over 450 talented musicians from across the Trust performed on stage at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire, in front of their peers, parents and invited guests.

This annual event is an outstanding platform for students to build their confidence and grow their musical talents through live performance, whilst the competition helps provide a focus for individual academies to work towards.

A number of guest judges were in attendance, including the British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 and co-founder of VOCES8 Paul Smith. Their presence motivated students to perform to their best ability throughout the competition.

Apollo5 treated the spectators to an outstanding performance, followed by an impressively led massed a cappella with everyone in attendance, as part of the finale.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust, commented: “Music is such an important part of our students’ lives, so this event is a great way to encourage their love of music through sharing it with others and learning from each other.

“It has been thrilling to see them perform with such enthusiasm and skill throughout the course of the competition, and to see the standard of music-making rise to impressive levels.

“We are extremely grateful to all the teachers and staff for their hard work throughout – it has been an amazing day for all.”

 After a high standard of performance across the academies, Lodge Park Academy was awarded third place, Skegness Grammar School and Humberston Academy were named joint runners up, with Malcolm Arnold Academy retaining the title for the fourth year in a row.

Lodge Park Academy student, Becca Bell, performed an impressive solo flute piece on behalf of the academy, she also took to the stage for a stunning vocal solo.

Alison Hayes, Principal at Lodge Park Academy, said: “I am delighted with this result.

“The students have put so much hard work and dedication into preparing for the Music Cup. They performed and conducted themselves impeccably.”