Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra is on a mission to help the homeless and is inviting them and their supporters to their Spring Concert at St Barnabas Church, Gloucester on Saturday (March 24) at 7.30pm.
It was because of principal clarinettist Katy Wenham’s concern for street sleepers, that the orchestra decided to stage the event in support of the Gloucester City Mission, which runs night and day shelters for those with no roof over their heads. There will be a short talk during the interval and the retiring collection will help boost the £35,000 needed annually to run day and night shelters at the Mission’s HQ in Great Western Road.
Musical director Glyn Oxley will conduct Delius’s beautiful tone poem On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, American composer Aaron Copland’s concert suite Appalachian Spring and Beethoven’s ever-popular Pastoral Symphony.
There were six shining stars at last night’s (Tuesday) Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2018 contest but the brightest and sparkliest, in her gold sequinned jacket, was 18-year-old saxophonist Lydia Kenny, from Cam – who won both the judges’ vote and the audience prize.
The ex-Stroud High School student was one of five finalists from across the county who performed at Pittville Pump Rooms. She was accompanied by her GP dad Dr Damian Kenny.
The other four in this ground-breaking, all-female line-up were oboist Emily Stephens, 19, from Woodmancote; clarinettist Katie Jenner, 19, from Wotton-under-Edge; and pianists Janice Ng, 18, from Dean Close School, Cheltenham and youngest competitor Kimberley Mok, 14, from Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham.
The sixth star of the evening was non-competitor 14-year-old Ashleigh Turley, from Tuffley, who gave a special performance during the judging process as one of the UK’s most gifted blind pianists.
Winner Lydia, who received the Hewitt-Jones Trophy and £700 in prize money, is currently studying acting with the Young Actors’ Studio at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The runners-up received cash prizes of £100.
The panel of judges was chaired by Professor Derek Aviss, president of the Gloucestershire Academy of Music, working alongside new artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival Alison Balsom and outgoing director Meurig Bowen.
Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra took over the running of the contest four years ago and are delighted to receive sponsorship from Dee & Griffin, solicitors, The Brimpsfield Music Society and The Summerfield Trust. They are working in partnership with Cheltenham Music Festival, the Carducci String Quartet, who sponsor the £200 Audience Prize, Gloucestershire Music Service and the Gloucestershire Academy of Music.