Lime House School News 26th March 2018

Posted Apr 10, 2018

Carlisle and District Music, Speech and Drama Festival

Lime House school has achieved success again in the Carlisle Music, Speech and Drama Festival. This year for the speech and drama we entered a record number of pupils; some entered more than one class for speech and drama as well as music. These pupils are to be congratulated for their hard work and commitment, considering they are studying for exams too.


Two year 10 students, Annet Lau and Tank Leung, entered Class 89, a Duologue of their own choice. They presented an extract from “The Flambards” by K M Peyton. They were awarded a Merit, for a capable performance and audience appreciation. This was their first attempt at public performance.

Paula Nwachukwu delivered a Bible reading from St Luke. She attained a Merit for speaking with great sincerity.

The Solo speaking British 20th and 21st Century poetry, Open Class was entered by Chris Lee, who recited “Futility” by Wilfred Owen receiving a Merit; Damon Chen presented “In Praise of Socks” by Wendy Cope receiving a Merit and for delivering with a good sense of fun; Lucy Wang was Commended for her good sense of style for her recitation of “Warning” by Jenny Joseph.

This year Lime House School presented a cup to the Festival and Carrina Linton entered Class 54, Prose reading, the Class the cup had been assigned to. She was Commended for a convincing performance, but unfortunately she was pipped at the post in this Class and the cup did not return home. Better luck next year, Carrina!

Class 14, Solo Verse speaking Wordsworth was entered by two pupils who entered other Classes; David Ramos and Agripina Ada Mba. The latter for a Merit came second, reciting “Morning after the Storm” and David received a Commendation and first position for “The Wordsworth Trust Prize” for “Upon Westminster Bridge”, for speaking with great sincerity.

Another First in Class prize was awarded to Henry Ho, for the Speech Open. The test was to write a five minute speech and deliver it. The topic “Social media- a pleasure or a pain?” Henry was awarded the “Bells of Lazonby Shield”. The adjudicator commented that it was a well structured speech and interesting points were made.

Three of our pupils entered the Shakespeare Solo Class, Paula Nwachukwu, portrayed “Viola” from “Twelfth Night”; Agripina Ada Mba, presented “Juliet” from “Romeo and Juliet” and Sarthak Narang , gave a powerful performance of “Macbeth”. The girls received Merits and Sarthak a Commendation.

The Solo Verse speaking for under 14 boys was entered by Giuliano Nwachukwu and Zhanarys Balzhigitov. The test: “Tiger in the Zoo” by Leslie Norris. Both boys were awarded a Merit for good pace and conveying the mood of the poem. It is amazing that Zhanarys joined Lime House School in September without speaking any English. His progress has been meteoric.

Four pupils from our Junior School participated. Two, Neave Linton and Anna York, entered Class 85 a duologue. The test was to take an extract, of their own choice from a play or dramatised novel, so they performed “Lizzie Dripping” by Helen Cresswell. The adjudicator commented that they established the characters with good vocal projections. Louise Dinning gained a Merit for Class 4, Solo Verse speaking with her interpretation of “If Pigs Could Fly” by James Reeves. Amber Hetherington, for Solo Verse speaking, delivered “Owl of the Greenwood” by Patricia Hubbell for a Merit, because she expressed the poet’s thoughts well.

Another class that Lucy Wang and Damon Chen entered was Solo Verse Reading-Open. The test was “Rain- Birdoswald” by Frances Horovitz. Damon received a Merit and Lucy was awarded the Highest Commended score and presented with the “Jeweller’s Workshop Trophy” and First Place. Her performance was artistically and technically convincing.

For the Shakespeare duologue, Class 84, Sarthak Narang and Giuliano Nwachukwu chose an extract from “Julius Caesar”. Both were Commended for their performance for understanding the conflict of the scene, projecting their voices, clearly and confidently, and maintaining rhythm and energy. They were awarded trophies by Mr John Davies.

Sarthak and Giuliano were invited to take part in the festival’s Gala Performance with their presentation of “Cassius” and “Brutus” respectively from “Julius Caesar”.

At the end of the evening, Sarthak Narang was awarded the “Cumberland Building Society Cup” for Most Promising Performance in the speech and drama classes in the Festival this year. The school and especially his personal development tutor are extremely proud of him.


In Class 300- Recital Solo, Vaniss Chan won the test with two contrasting piano pieces; Sonata in E-major by Schubert and Grande Valse Brilliante by Chopin. Vaniss played with flexibility and control, while adding colour and expression. She was presented The Katherine Hopkins Salver by Lyn Young.

In Class 409, Johnson Lai gained second place with a moving rendition of ‘River Flows in You’ by Yiruma. In the same class, Shiny Shi played Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor op.13. At the tender age of 15, playing this piece is a massive achievement and Shiny should be congratulated for his fantastic effort. To finish off the evening, Max Ching performed Nocturne No.3 by Liszt. He held his nerve and brought the evening to a beautiful end.

In Class 252, Neave Linton was placed second with her charming rendition of ‘A dream is a wish your heart makes’ from Cinderella. She sang with a beautiful, open tone, while projecting the words very

clearly. In Class 275, Marco Cheung sang ‘City of Stars’ from the film La La Land. Marco’s sang with musical flair resulting to a second place overall.


The school would like to thank all the pupils who worked so hard and gave up their lunchtimes to practise. Also, it is greatly appreciated that members of staff gave permission for pupils to be withdrawn from some of their lessons.