Since 1991 the Company has supported the Guildhall School of Music and Drama by providing a prize for the top pupil in one of their competitions, and for the second year running the prize this year was for the top student in the percussion section.
The school had held heats before the evening, and there were 3 final competitors – Emma King, George Barton and Felicity Hindle – who each played for about half an hour. The winner was judged by the adjudicator and renowned percussionist Colin Curry, who chose George Barton for his innovation and originality.
The instruments played by the students differed from a usual drum and cymbals kit, and included a marimba and kettle drums. The winning piece was entitled “? Corporel” by the French avant-garde composer Vinko Globokar.
The music was to say the least ‘alternative’ and George’s main piece involved no instruments, but he beat out the rhythms on his bared chest and laid on the floor and moaned – in the style of a student having to get up in the morning – about 6 feet from the assembled company – you can see below, which included the Clerk, the Senior and Junior wardens and the Master, past Master Stuart Hibberdine and Assistant Duncan Moss.
After this rather shocking experience the members of the Livery party retreated to a delightful Italian restaurant with the competitors and their tutors for a fortifying glass of wine and plate of pasta.