Dundee pupil scoops six titles in music competition

A talented High School of Dundee musician has enjoyed remarkable success in a local competition.

Megan Cant won not one, two or even three titles at the recent Arbroath Music Festival, but instead came away from the annual event having been named the winner, or joint winner, of an incredible six!

F2 pupil Megan was declared winner of the Stewart Low Memorial Trophy for Vocal Excellence; joint winner of the Elizabeth Gordon Singer’s Award for highest marks at the Arbroath Festival 2018; winner of the Burns Song Trophy, ages 12-15; winner of the Open Class Vocal Recital; winner of the Vocal Solo Senior Girls; and joint winner of Scottish Songs, ages 12-15.

For the 14-year-old, who also claimed 2nd places in the Gilbert and Sullivan Open Class, and the Light Popular Musical Solo categories, being named joint winner of the Scottish Songs contest was particularly special as her Aunt (Muriel) had won the very same title in 1954!

And amazingly, this is the second time in the festival that Megan has matched a victory by one of her aunts, as back in 2016 she had followed in the footsteps of her other Aunt (Joyce) by winning the Scottish Solos U12 section!

Megan said: “Competing in the 86th Arbroath Musical Festival and winning the six trophies was surreal and made me very proud.

“I never expected anything like this to happen. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Festival!”

High School pupils Tegan Ellis (L7), Angus Ledlie (L7) and Fergus Stubbings-Tilley also recorded podium place finishes at the festival, with Tegan finishing 2nd in the Under-12 Brass competition, and Angus and Fergus coming joint 2nd in Classical Guitar Level 2.