Young singer wins Heartfield-Wharam Scholarship Concert

Student Jeni Galvin with The Sixth Form College, Solihull’s assistant principal Elizabeth Baker

Student Jeni Galvin with The Sixth Form College, Solihull’s assistant principal Elizabeth Baker

A talented young singer has claimed the top prize in a scholarship contest in memory of two highly respected Solihull music teachers.

A total of 13 talented musicians auditioned to win a scholarship fund at the Heartfield-Wharam Scholarship Concert held at The Sixth Form College, Solihull.

The college’s first concert of the academic year saw solo performances ranging from vocal pieces to instrumental pieces on the piano, cello, flute, clarinet and trumpet, with music staff judging the winner.

Jeni Galvin, aged 17, from Solihull, emerged triumphant for her performance of ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ from the musical ‘Hairspray’.

Her performance even included costume and hairspray as a prop, as she delivered a whole-hearted rendition of the song from the hit musical.

Jeni will receive a bursary to spend on music tuition from an eminent performer of her choice.

The bursary was set up in memory of two great musicians who strongly supported music in Solihull and at the college.

Roy Heartfield was the original head of music at the college, who died in post in 1992, while Margaret Wharam was the former head of music at Malvern Hall School and head organist at Solihull Methodist Church.

The first winner of this prize was in 1994 and for the last 20 years the scholarship fund has continued.

Music teacher Chris Phelps said: “I must commend all 13 students who auditioned at the concert.

“Performing in front of an audience is daunting enough without the added pressure of competition.

“Choosing a winner from such impressive and diverse performances was very difficult but in the end we were unanimous in selecting Jeni’s vocal performance as the most convincing and complete.”

The next music concert at the college is its Christmas Concert, which takes place on December 17