Students from Redcliffe State High School showcased their talents, with back to back awards for the String Orchestra and the Chamber Strings at the prestigious Queensland Youth Music Awards 2023.
The school sent 35 students to compete in a field of over 4,000 young participants and the outcome was nothing short of exceptional.
The Redcliffe State High School String Orchestra secured the coveted Gold Award and ranked second in their division. Meanwhile, the Redcliffe State High School Chamber Strings received a well-deserved Silver Award.
Brylee Taylor, Head of the Creative Industries Department at Redcliffe SHS, expressed immense pride in the students’ achievements. She noted that what sets this win apart is that Redcliffe SHS was the sole state school in QYMA 2023.
Emily Ashton, the school’s dedicated string tutor, received special recognition from the adjudicator for her original composition, “A Well-Watered Garden,” which was expertly performed by the students. This recognition underscores the school’s commitment to nurturing musical talent.
Their mentors lauded the students who, according to them, are no strangers to hard work, dedicating an hour each week to practice. Some students are even part of multiple ensembles, showcasing their remarkable commitment and work ethic.
Redcliffe SHS has highly qualified educators and state-of-the-art facilities, creating a conducive environment for young musicians to thrive. Currently, over 120 students participate in the Instrumental Music Program across various ensembles.
The school also takes pride in its Music Excellence Program, which equips students with the skills and knowledge required to become seasoned musicians.