STUDENTS showcased their talents in a bid to win this year’s Swindon Musician of the Year Competition.

The event attracted 22 young musicians from eight local schools.

They competed in two sections – junior and senior – with each section split into instrumental and vocal.

Rev Geoffrey Gleed said: “I'm extremely proud of Swindon. I’m sure some of the youngsters we’ve heard will go on to make a name for themselves."

Mayor of Swindon Kevin Parry presented certificates and music shop vouchers to all those receiving placings.


Results in detail:  


Senior Group (age 15-17 years)


1st - Elizabeth Lai, Bradon Forest School, Leibestraum (Notturno No 3) by Franz Liszt, on piano

2nd - Tess Armstrong, Highworth Warneford School, Havana by Camila Cabello, on Piano

3rd - Ellen Bailey, Highworth Warneford School, Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns N’ Roses, on electric guitar


1st - Olivia Steinhardt, Bradon Forest School, Eriskay Love Lilt, Trad, Marjory Kennedy-Fraser

2nd - Joseyana Costa, Swindon Academy, Just Around the River Bend, Walt Disney Music

3rd - Amber Joseph, Highworth Warneford School, I Have Nothing by David Foster and Linda Thompson


Junior Group (under 15 years)


1st - Sally Armstrong, Highworth Warneford School, Passacaglia by Handel, on Harp

2nd - Will O’Farrell, Abbey Park School, Rondo by Muzio Clementi, on piano



1st - Lily Cole, Highworth Warneford School, A Life I Never Led from Sister Act by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater

2nd - Jacob Parkinson, Highworth Warneford School, Where is Love from Oliver by Lionel Bart