The Farrow competition began with heats over three evenings in late January, and culminated in a final of outstanding quality on the evening of the 3rd February in The Large. Tim Rogers was the guest adjudicator, and he needed every bit of his extensive experience as a West End musical theatre actor and opera singer to pick winners in each category, as the quality of everyone taking part was so high. In his feedback at the end, he was full of praise for the musicianship of winners and runners-up alike, reminding everyone how useful choral singing is for developing a good ear.
The choir were on hand to show how enjoyable the choral repertoire can be, with lively performances of Mais Que Nada and Homeless. Congratulations are deserved particularly by Emily Glassberg, for winning the Hellmore Cup, awarded for the most outstanding junior performance, and to Rose Miller, for winning the Farrow Cup, awarded for the best performance of the night. Finally, no account of the competition would be complete without mentioning the incredibly hard work put in by Kevin Kyle in organising and accompanying the heats and the final itself.
The winners were:
|Junior Art Song:||Molly Duncan|
|Junior Opera/Oratorio:||Michael Evans|
|Junior Musical Theatre:||Emily Glassberg|
|Junior Pop Song:||Oliver Warren|
|Senior Art Song:||Ekin Karasin|
|Senior Opera/Oratorio:||Rose Miller|
|Senior Musical Theatre:||Ben Glassberg|
|Senior Pop Song:||Chad Vigano|
|Ensemble Song:||Natalie Kosky and Chad Vigano|
|Audience Award:||Ben Glassberg and Natalie Kosky|
|4th Form Singing Award:||Sophie Loizou|
|Hellmore Trophy:||Emily Glassberg|
|Farrow Cup:||Rose Miller|