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Success for GAMPA

18 Apr 2016


Our second term at GAMPA proved to be very busy indeed. It began with some of the students excitedly participating in the New Year’s Concert at JMH with the European Sinfonietta on Monday 4th January. Also, thanks to very generous sponsorship from the Parasol Foundation, String and Woodwind Ensemble classes were begun weekly, with 12 students in each group, giving the students a great chance to rehearse and perform together. Workshops this term included a Drum masterclass for GAMPA students, and a workshop at St Christopher’s School by GAMPA tutors and the RG Band.

On 29th February, the Gibraltar Youth Choir presented an amazing performance at the JMH, accompanied by some GAMPA instrumentalists, showcasing the performance they took to Disneyland Paris on 3rd – 7th March. What an amazing opportunity that was for the Gibraltar Youth Choir to perform at the Cinemagique Theatre in Paris!

Next was the annual Gibraltar Festival for Young Musicians, 10th – 13th March, where many GAMPA instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists took part, at the JMH and GAMPA premises. The UK adjudicator awarded Gibraltar’s Most Promising Young Musician, vocalist Elisha Lang, an outstanding mark of 93 – the highest mark he has ever awarded at festivals. Elisha very deservedly won the Hassan’s Shield and £600 bursary. The Gala night on 15th March at the JMH presented the best performers from the adjudication weekend, with many children achieving marks of Distinction and Commendation for their performances. They were all awarded special trophies and bursaries from our very generous Festival sponsors.

GAMPA Drama Groups were also very busy in March presenting 3 plays in the Gibraltar Drama Festival 16th – 19th March. The Infant Acting Group presented ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, and the children acting group presented ‘Peddler Polly and the Story Stealer’

The Teenager Acting group presented ‘Insert Label Here’ written and directed by Christian Santos. This play was awarded the top prize of Best Play and became the Festival Winner. A great achievement for everyone involved

Finally, GAMPA held auditions for two ‘Excellence and Promise Scholarships’ and one ‘Promise and Potential’ scholarship on Wednesday 23rd March. As if this wasn't enough activity, students have also been entered for ABRSM examinations and Trinity College examinations which take place next term. All in all, a very, very busy term for all the singing, acting and instrumental students at GAMPA!

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