Music Bursary Awarded

Polina SavickaMusic students at Solihull Sixth Form College showed off their talents in an online concert just before Christmas, while also competing for a musical scholarship fund.

The Heartfield Wharam Scholarship Concert normally takes place in October, with friends and family invited into College to watch students audition for a bursary to be spent on music tuition of their choice. While the pandemic has prevented the concert from taking place this year in person, students have still been performing and those performances have been published online instead.

13 students performed challenging solos to be judged by a panel of staff, which comprised Vice Principal Janice Hamilton, Assistant Principal Zoe Bereza and Music Teacher Catherine Douglas. They judged that the best performance came from Polina Savicka, who performed Song Without Words Op.67 No.2 in F sharp minor by Mendelssohn on the piano. Polina wins £150 to spend on music tuition from an eminent performer of their choice.

This bursary was set up in memory of two great musicians who strongly supported music in Solihull and at the College. Roy Heartfield was the original Head of Music at the College, who died in post in 1992, while Margaret Wharam was the former Head of Music at Malvern Hall and Head Organist at Solihull Methodist Church. The first winner of this prize was in 1994 and for the last 25 years the scholarship fund has continued.

“Congratulations to Polina for her wonderful performance and well done to all 13 students who auditioned. We wish we could have had an audience for this concert, but I’m delighted it could still go ahead online. Live performance is such a valuable experience for our students and I’m sure anyone who watches the recording of this concert will agree that the standard of performance this year has been very high. We hope to get back to live concerts in the future, but until then I hope this online concert will lift people’s spirits.”

Music teacher Catherine Douglas

As well as the 13 solos, Music students also performed two festive songs to get people in the mood for Christmas. It was an appropriate way to end the concert and the Autumn term, as we would normally be holding a Christmas Concert in the final week before the Christmas holidays.

16 December 2020