The Ryleys is celebrating an abundance of wins at this year’s Alderley Edge Music Festival in which 25 children performed from the ages of 5 through to 11


The week started off well with The Ryleys Chamber Choir performing in a highly competitive Year 6 and under class and they were awarded second place. The Ryleys Junior Choir also performed to an extremely high standard with two very emotive songs, ‘I Am The Earth’ and ‘Sambalele, they were awarded third place.

In the individual classes, The Ryleys triumphed. 17 children entered a number of classes including brass grade one to three, piano and rock guitar. Eight children were awarded first place including Charlie McGrath who was awarded first place for Brass Class Grades 1-2, which was a significant achievement given that he has not even taken a Grade test yet.

Annabel Thompstone was a major competitor too for The Ryleys scooping up three individual awards including first in the Year six musical class, first place for piano and second for the Year Six vocal class, which was a particularly difficult category, in which  with 19 children entered.

Eight children were awarded second place for several classes including, Charlie McGrath, Seb Stewart, Freddie Savage, Freya Murry and Seb Irwin who all played the Piano as well as George Green who was awarded second for grade four Cello.

Four children were placed third in equally competitive classes including Sienna Given, Frankie Coglan and Tav Hammersley, who all played the Piano and Harry Dhoot who played in his own choice prep test.

Headteacher, Mrs Claire Hamilton, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for all the children who entered the Alderley Edge Festival. We have a very strong music department with extremely talented children and staff. I am so pleased that we have festivals such as this so that children have the opportunity to shine and experience the joys of public performance.”

Director of Music at The Ryleys School, added: “I am extremely proud of all the children who performed in this year’s festival and I would like to thank all of our visiting music teachers for helping the children achieve such very high standards.”

The Ryleys School is a co-educational preparatory school for children aged 2 through to 11.