Inaugural Woldingham Young Musician of the Year competition a resounding success

Inaugural Woldingham Young Musician of the Year competition a resounding success

2 February 2024

Our first Woldingham Young Musician of the Year competition concluded on Thursday 1 February with 19 wonderful solo and ensemble performances by our finalists. The musicians on stage demonstrated both the quality and range of music at Woldingham, with nine instruments (including voices) in the programme and works from musical theatre, classical, pop, opera and traditional Chinese.

Adjudicator Paul Showell, pianist, conductor and musical director, was full of admiration for all the performers, describing the evening as “absolutely stunning”. He promised that Ms Ives, Interim Director of Music, will share his extensive notes with all of the musicians, before announcing - and sharing individual words of praise for - the competition winners:

Woldingham Young Musician of the Year: Lilico

Woldingham Young Musician of the Year Best Ensemble: Lilico, Isabel and Cherry

Most Promising Senior Musician: Mio and Chris (joint winners)

Most Promising Junior Musician: Minerva and Shaki (joint winners)

The Elizabeth Cup for Best Vocalist: Sephora

The Musgrave Trophy for Best Pianist: Cherry

Woldingham Young Musician of the Year Wind Player: Fiona

Woldingham Young Musician of the Year String Player: Rose

Woldingham Young Musician of the Year Organist: Isabel

Woldingham Young Musician of the Year Percussionist: Megan

The Music Department received a wonderful selection of video entries to the Young Musician of the Year competition. First round category winners were also celebrated on the evening, with certificates presented by Head Mrs Harrington.

See below full details of last night’s programme, our finalists and category winners. Photos from the competition are shown in the gallery below.

Congratulations to all of the winners, finalists and musicians who took part in this excellent competition and thank you to the Music Department for organising such a wonderful event.

Programme of finalists

Linda L, Upper Sixth (Voice) – Gorgeous from The Apple Tree by Jerry Bock

Minerva Z, Year 8 (Piano) – Air by Helen Hopekirk

Rose R, Year 10 (Cello) – Allegretto quasi Menuetto by Brahms

Emilie S and Mathilda U, Year 8 (Voices) – I Will Always Love You by Monte Verde & Whitney Houston

Cherry L, Upper Sixth (Piano) – Scherzo No.2 Op.31 by Frédéric Chopin

Shaki Z, Year 8 (Guzheng) – Dance of The Yi Tribe by Liu Dehai

Zarina A, Caitin D and Elodie R, Year 8 (Voices) – Don’t leave the truth – an original composition by Zarina, Caitin and Elodie

Mio T, Year 10 (Piano) – Mazurka in A Minor by Frédéric Chopin

Sephora S, Lower Sixth (Voice) – What Baking Can Do by Jessie Mueller

Lilico U, Year 11 (Violin) – Meditation by Tchaikovsky

Catherine M, Year 9 (Voice) – The Lord Bless You and Keep You by John Rutter

Shaki Z and Minerva Z, Year 8 (Guzheng and Piano) – Begonia Trad. Chinese

Isabel L, Upper Sixth (Organ) – Prelude and Fugue BWV 545 by J.S. Bach

Keira M, Lower Sixth (Voice) – Loose Ends from The Witches of Eastwick

Fiona R, Year 11 (Bassoon) – Solo de Concert by Gabriel Pierné

Chris H, Year 10 (Voice) – What More Can I Say? by William Finn

Cherry Li, Lower Sixth (Flute) – Sonata for Flute and Piano Mvt.3 by Otar Taktakishvili

Megan A, Year 11 (Percussion) – Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

Lilico U, Year 11 (Violin), Isabel L, Upper Sixth (Piano)and Cherry L, Upper Sixth (Flute) – Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Piano by Martinu

Category Winners

Grades 1-4 prizes

Kitty L, Year 9 (Piano)

Katy C, Year 7 (Voice)

Olympia T G L-S, Year 7 (Voice)

Anna M, Lower Sixth (Guitar)

Tang Tang M, Year 11 (Organ)

Ivy M, Year 10 (Percussion)

Grades 5-7 prizes

Mio T, Year 10 (Piano)

Carys S, Year 9 (Voice)

Chris H, Year 10 (Voice)

Lydia N, Year 8 (Oboe)

Grades 8+ prizes

Sophie T, Year 11 (Piano)

Bea R, Year 10 (Violin)

Ava B-M, Lower Sixth (Voice)

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