2017 Festival




Katie Marshall and Raffaella Watson

Oundle Young Singer and Musician 2017

Thanks to all competitors, supporters, volunteers and adjudicators for a wonderful Festival.

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"The Oundle Festival is such a wonderful and friendly music event and I am thrilled to have won the Shirley Malster award for Oundle Young Singer of the Year. 

The standard of singing is very high at Oundle Festival and it is wonderful to hear and learn from each other along the way in different classes. 

The festival is extremely well run and the high quality and constructive advice of the enthusiastic Adjudicators adds to the experience for the competitors. So much new knowledge can be taken away from the festival and this can only help to improve everyone's technique and musicality for future performances. 

The final Concert at St Peters Church was such a wonderful opportunity to watch other competitors from the festival. I really enjoyed performing the songs at the concert that won me the Young Singer of the Year Award. It was then really special to be presented with my award by Shirley Malster herself. "


Raffaella is 18, lives in Oundle, and is in her final year at Oundle School where she is studying History of Art, Italian and Latin. She started playing the violin aged 6 at Laxton Junior School, and has performed many times in lunchtime recitals at St Peter’s. For the past five years she has studied with Katherine Gittings in Birmingham and passed her DipABRSM with Distinction last October. This year she leads the Oundle School Symphony Orchestra, was awarded the Tatum Cup for her performance in the Hepburn Music Competition, and performed Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending at the school Easter concert. She spent four years with the National Children’s Orchestra and has given two recitals with her cellist brother Nathaniel at Fotheringhay Church. Her second instrument is the tuba.

In her gap year before studying History of Art at university she will be working with the stringsdepartment of Wycombe Abbey International School in Changzhou, China. This is her first time entering the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama and she is thrilled to have won the Young Musician of the Year award. “I love playing at St Peter’s and really enjoyed performing in the Final. I’m very excited to have the chance to do a recital in next year’s International Festival.”

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