Swindon Music Festival

Amongst the winning entries at the 2006 festival were Tom Wakelam. Tom played (on the violin) Romanze by Johan Svendsen. Comments by the adjudicator included, "Wow!", "captured the attention of the audience", "fantastic tone in the lower range", and "like to hear the piece played with an orchestra".

The other pupils who entered performed extremely well. They were both year 10, Cheryl Loxton, singing "Lift the Wings" by Bill Whelan and Adam Wiltshire playing jazz piano, "Try a Little Tenderness" by Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell, and Reg Connelly.

Tom Wakelam
Dawn Ball, accompanist, (she kindly accompanied both Commonweal pupils, Tom and Cheryl ), Joyce Yanez, violin teacher to both winners, Tom, Ronald Alan Smith, the adjudicator, and James Cullen, St Josephs school, winner of the junior section.