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Former Student Awarded 1st Class Honours

June 29th, 2017

Congratulations to former student Judith Scholes who has been awarded a 1st class honours degree in Music from the University of Manchester.

The topic for her dissertation was the annual pop culture spectacle ‘Eurovision’.  The full title of Judith’s dissertation was ‘Where’s your heart?  Humanity rise:  The Eurovision Song Contest as a Platform for Empowerment of Minority Identities’.  It focuses on how minorities find empowerment on the Eurovision stage.  Judith describes the competition as ‘a live global platform, where you get three minutes to broadcast to the world anything you want’.

Part of Judith’s dissertation includes the 2016 winner, Jamala, who sang about the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 1944.

Judith contributed a huge amount to the extra-curricular life of the School in the two years she was at OSH.  She won the Instrumentalists Competition for her excellent flute playing and co-directing the Chamber Choir, as well as performing many solos with the main choir.

Head of Music Ms Downes commented:  ‘I am delighted for Judith as she is not only an outstanding musician, but very conscientious and innovative.  She thoroughly deserves this result and I have no doubt she will be successful in whichever direction her music career takes her in the future.’