December 8, 2013
Singing Competition Martin Garvie TrophyWednesday, October 9, 2013
St Andrew's Scots School student wins ESU prize
The 16th Martin Garvie Trophy Singing Competition, organized by The English Speaking Union (ESU) and sponsored by Cambridge International Examination and the British Embassy, took place yesterday afternoon at the British Ambassador’s Residence.
26 local schools sent an Argentine-born representative, aged between 16 and 18. Each contender prepared two songs in English of their choice. The repertoire included a wide range of genres and tastes, with songs by Adele, Freddie Mercury, Guns N’ Roses, Tim Rice, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Giovacchino Porzano, among others.
All the contenders played one of their songs in a room full of teachers, parents and friends.
The prestigious judges Mrs Georgina Ros Artayeta, Mr Peter Macfarlane and Mr Tomas Meyer invited the five highest ranked to sing their second song.
The first prize went to Stephanie Dodd from St. Andrew’s Scots School, who sung Wishing you were somehow here again by Andrew Loyd Webber and The Wild Mountain Thyme by Francis Mc Peake. British ambassador to Argentina Dr John Freeman handed the trophy to the winner.
Florencia Cabrera from Escuela Argentina Modelo came in second. Guitar in hand, her choices were Ave Maria by Beyonce and Jar of hearts by Christina Perry. The third place was for Carla Benedetto from St. George’s College, whose participation was a last-minute change since the original representative was ill.
Julia Blanco and Paloma Ruiz Lemos were the other two finalists.