Fantastic Performances in Annual Inspiration Trust Music Competition

Published on 08/07/22

Over the past few weeks pupils from across the family of Inspiration Trust schools, primary, secondary, and sixth forms, have been entering their performances in our Annual Music Competition. With many genres of music performed from classical to pop, there was a lot of variety and a plethora of talent displayed.

We would like to congratulate all entrants in the competition, the skills displayed and the amount of practice and hard work that went into all entries were impressive. You all should be proud of your entries and we hope to see more from you in the future.

Below you can find the schools from which our winning entries were made, and also comments from our adjudicators that had the difficult task of deciding a winner.

All winning entries have cash prizes for school music departments, in addition to goodies from Trinity College London for the pupils who performed in the winning entries. Where there was only a single entry for a category the participating school will receive 50% of the original prize amount.

Many thanks again to all that entered the competition, we are all looking forward to seeing your future performances.


Inspiration Trust Music Competition Winners - 2022

Primary Solo - Norwich Primary Academy £ 50 (only entry in class)

Primary Duet - no entries

Primary Ensemble - Cobholm Primary Academy £ 150 (only entry in class)


Secondary Solo - Hethersett Academy £ 100

Secondary Duet - Hethersett Academy £ 200

Secondary Ensemble - Cromer Academy (Joint winners) £ 300

 - The Thetford Academy (Joint winners) £ 300


6th Form Solo - Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form £ 100

6th Form Duet - Thomas Paine Sixth Form £ 100 (only entry in class)

6th Form Ensemble - Thomas Paine Sixth Form £ 150 (only entry in class)


Statements from adjudicators:


Statement from Ruth Harrison, piano teacher and ensemble leader:

It was a privilege to listen to such talented and enthusiastic musicians. There was a good variety of styles with some very enjoyable performances. I do hope you all continue to enjoy making music as you progress through your studies within the Inspiration Trust.


Statement from John Stephens, Director of Music for the Inspiration Trust:

Well done to all of the pupils who participated and the teachers who supported them. Your performances have encouraged me. It’s uplifting to know that so many pupils within our schools are developing their musical skills so rapidly, and that they are willing to share their music making with others. Thank you!

Adjudicator Profiles:


Ruth Harrison LGSM LLCM

Ruth has been teaching the piano, keyboard and music theory for over 30 years. She works primarily as a peripatetic music teacher in various schools in the Great Yarmouth area. Ruth is the founder and Musical Director of GYSMO Keys, the keyboard orchestra of the Great Yarmouth Schools' Music Association. She also leads a breakfast club choir at a local primary school.


John Stephens BA(Hons) MMus LTCL(Organ) LTCL(Piano) QTS SLE MISM

John is a musician and teacher based in East Norfolk. He is Director of Music for the Inspiration Trust, where he supports and leads musical development within the trust’s 17 educational settings. He is a Specialist Leader of Education, and regularly advises school leaders locally and nationally. His experience is varied and includes teaching, lecturing, examining, adjudicating, performing, composing, conducting and everything and anything musical in between. John has held posts at the University of East Anglia, Gresham’s School and Great Yarmouth Minster, and has worked in the USA, France and Kenya as a Musical Director. Alongside performing as an organist, John is an experienced pianist, bassoonist and choral singer. He holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting, a BA(Hons) degree in Music, and the Licentiate of Trinity College London diploma twice over - once as a pianist, and again as an organist, having passed both with distinction. John has a particular interest in helping young people develop their musicianship through ensemble playing and founded The Orchestrate! Project in 2014.