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A Day in the Life

Young Musician of the Year

Congratulations to all of our musicians who took part in this year's Young Musician of the Year.

Throughout the Michaelmas term over 100 boys have been auditioning for a place in our  Young Music of the Year Grand Final. On Thursday 23rd November 12 musicians competed for this hard won title. Each boy was the winner of family heats for: Keyboard, String, Woodwind, Vocal and Brass.


The worthy finalists in the Junior Class were: Samuel Taverner (violin) played a Haydn concerto with immaculate tuning and sound, Thomas Davies (piano) performed Chopin with a depth of feeling, Samuel Manship showed a warm tone and great composure in Mozart’s Horn Concerto, Oliver Simcock (vocal) sang with a sublime treble, mature beyond his years and finally Oliver Murden’s flute playing was intensely musical with a golden tone. The overall winner was Thomas Davies playing Scarlatti and Chopin and Oliver Simcock runner up singing music by Edmund Rubbra.


In the Senior Class the competition was fierce: Jonathan Vining appeared twice, once as a compelling vocalist and again as an oboist of distinction. Alexandre MacKay played the virtuosic Presto from “Sonata no.1 for unaccompanied violin by JS Bach, Alan Lau showed musicianship and dexterity in Ballade no 3 in A flat major for piano by Chopin. The competition concluded with Luke Barker, trumpet, turning brass to gold with the 2nd and 3rd movements of the concerto by Oskar Böhme.


The adjudicators for the evening, were the distinguished conductor John Lubbock and our own Mr Hogg, Director of Music (performance). Whilst the judges deliberated two winners from last year, Jacob Lee (double bass) and Michael Wong (french horn) kept the audience entertained with highly polished instrumental items. The Senior Prize was awarded Alan Lau and highly commended Luke Barker.


Special thanks to Mr Colin Druce who not only accompanied countless boys with distinction over the last few months but masterminded the entire competition.