Daisy Noton Named Bede’s Musician of the Year 2018


On Wednesday 2 May, pupils, parents, staff and members of the wider school community gathered at Bede’s for our Young Musician of the Year 2018 event.

The evening presented astounding musical performances from five pupils across the year groups, comprising pianist Archie Taylor, classical guitarist Matthew Grant, flautist Daisy Noton, percussionist Oliver Prosper and soprano vocalist Imogen Lock.

The competition was adjudicated by London-based freelance baritone, musical director and pianist, Benedict Kearns, and Daisy Noton was announced the overall winner. The standard of performance was incredibly high throughout the evening, and all of the pupils involved did themselves proud. We are very grateful to Benedict Kearns for giving his time to adjudicate the competition and give valuable feedback on each of the performances.

In order of performance, the audience enjoyed:

Archie Taylor (Upper Sixth)’s beautiful renditions of ‘Prelude La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin’ by Debussy and ‘Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor’ by Chopin. Archie has been a music scholar since the Lower Sixth, is a passionate musician as well as academic and has been an ambassador for the music department these past five years. He will go on to study Philosophy at St. Andrew’s, Edinburgh from September.


Matthew Grant (Lower Sixth)’s eloquent versions of ‘Thought About You’ by Jimmy Heusen and ‘Catavina’ by Stanley Myers on classical guitar. Matthew is an ambassador for the music department and is passionate about jazz. He is a member of the school’s jazz band and chamber choir and will look to study music next year at Conservatoire.


Daisy Noton (Lower Fifth)’s wonderful renditions of ‘Andante from Sonata in E minor’ by JS Bach and ‘Grand Solo No. 13’ by JL Tulou. Daisy has recently been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra as flautist. She is a member of the Junior Royal Academy in London, and outside of music loves tennis and dance.


Oliver Prosper (Lower Sixth)’s entertaining improvisation (from scratch) and performance of ‘Nineteen Days’ by Gavin Harrison. Oliver is another passionate jazz musician and has been a stalwart member of the music department since he arrived. He loves all things to do with percussion and is a creative young man. He also plans to study music at conservatoire level upon completion of his A-Level studies.


And finally, Imogen Lock (Lower Sixth)’s pitch-perfect renditions of ‘Fleur Desséchée’ by Pauline Viardot and ‘Love’s Philosophy’ by Roger Quilter. Imogen is a member of the school’s chamber choir and has been passionate about singing in both ensemble and solo situations for a number of years. We also saw her on the stage at the Devonshire Park Theatre in the recent production of ‘Oliver’.


Thank you to all who attended to support our young musicians and the Bede’s Music Department.

Bede’s next music recital will be ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’ on Wednesday 23 May at Bede’s Senior School from 7.15pm. Tickets are free but space is limited, so please email senior.events@bedes.org in advance to reserve your seats.

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