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Young Musician of the Year

The Warwick School Young Musician of the Year was held in the Bridge House Theatre on Tuesday 29 November.

The standard of playing in both Junior and Senior categories was exceptional and in many cases of conservatoire standard.  

Jacob Zhang Junior Winner

The Junior section commenced with Luke Barker playing the Meditation from ‘Thais’ beautifully on the cornet, Taha Elamin’s interpretation of ‘Who’s Loving You’ was worthy of the great Michael Jackson. Giosue Larucci gave a sublime interpretation of Shui Cao Wu by Mingxin Du and Jacob Lee performed the virtuoso double bass concerto No.1 by Domenico Dragonetti with style and panache.

Sam Lester displayed great tone and poise in Palotás and Friss by József Balogh, but the winner was Jacob Zhang performing The Dance of Yi by Wang Zhongshan on the Guzheng (Chinese zither). Certainly a first for the Bridge House Theatre.

After the interval the Senior section commenced with Jonathan Vining’s musical and intelligent performance of the Adagio & Andante from the Concerto for Oboe by Marcello.George Wilkes astonished the audience with his fiery performance of the 2nd mvt of the Sonata for Cello op.40 by Dimitri Shostakovich. Bryden Yip displayed mature technique and control in the Concert Etude ‘Un Sospiro’ by Franz Liszt. The ubiquitous Sam Young besides accompanying two other students sang the Fascinating Aida classic ‘Scotland’ whilst dressed in a kilt and pinning his anti-Brexit colours firmly to the mast!

Michael Wong Senior Winner

However, the winner of this hard fought contest was Michael Wong with a blistering performance of the Allegro from Concerto for Horn op.11 by Richard Strauss. Michael’s pure tone, command of the stage and dazzling technique made him the worthy winner.

Special thanks to our adjudicators: Michael Bockman and David Johnson and to the soloists Dan Buxton, Max Owen and Sam Young who performed brilliantly whilst our guests deliberated. And finally, to the astonishing Mr Druce who organised the entire event and in the last few months has accompanied an army of hopeful musicians. It was a night to remember!