A pair of talented musicians have been rewarded for their exceptional efforts throughout the academic year with special awards.
Ben Gibson and Miles Poller, Upper and Lower Sixth Form pupils at the school, were two of the big winners at Rydal Penrhos’ annual Speech Day event, which took place on Saturday, May 26.
Miles, who was recently appointed Deputy Head Boy for the 2018/19 academic year, took home the Redgrave Prize for Academic Music after impressing department director Peter Williams with his dedication and application during his studies.
The 17-year-old has also played a huge role in the ongoing success of the school’s orchestra and jazz band, and is equally as comfortable on stage, as demonstrated at the RPS Showstoppers showcase earlier this year.
It has been a hugely successful final year throughout the Rydal Penrhos community for Ben, who was presented with Robert Smith Prize for Instrumental Solo Performance from former pupil Flt Lt Nathan Jones, who was the special guest speaker at the celebration.
His contribution to school life cannot be underestimated and he has demonstrated a phenomenal knowledge of composition, producing his own work which received widespread plaudits at the recent Senior Inter-House Music competition.
The International Baccalaureate candidate has been awarded a conditional place at the University of Cambridge, where he plans to study History providing he meets the necessary requirements.
Mr Williams, said: “Both Ben and Miles are two of the most talented individuals we have here at Rydal Penrhos, and both were thoroughly deserving of these awards.
“Not only have they been hugely successful individually, but they have also served as great role models for younger members of the school community, something which has been a huge asset.”