Carmel College musicians win coveted award

Darlington and Stockton Times: Top of the class; chair of directors at the Carmel Education Trust Cyndi Hughes, left, Director Maria Matthews, centre, and principal and Carmel Education Trust chief executive officer Maura Regan, with winners of the John Caden Cup Top of the class; chair of directors at the Carmel Education Trust Cyndi Hughes, left, Director Maria Matthews, centre, and principal and Carmel Education Trust chief executive officer Maura Regan, with winners of the John Caden Cup

A GROUP of talented musicians ended 2013 with a crescendo after being awarded a school’s highest honour.

The band of students at Carmel College, Darlington, became the first group to be awarded the coveted John Caden Cup.

Normally given to a single student, the award recognises contributions which make a difference and enrich life at the college.

Principal and Carmel Education Trust chief executive officer Maura Regan said it was a privilege to hand the award to the group.

She added: “This group of musicians have made such a difference and had such an impact on the college that, for the first time, I had to award it jointly to them all.”

Head boy Tom Jackson, who was among the group called Carmel Pit Band, said: “We feel incredibly privileged to collect this award, particularly when all the students here at Carmel contribute so much to make the college outstanding.”

The award was the culmination of a night of accolades in which last year’s Year 11 and 13 students were rewarded for their endeavours.

Guest of honour Maria Matthews, a former headteacher and current director of the Carmel Educational Trust, presented the awards and visitors were also treated to an evening of readings and musical performances.

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