The countdown has begun for this year’s five female finalists fighting for the prestigious title of Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year on Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm at Pittville Pump Rooms.
Order of play is: oboist Emily Stephens, 19, from Woodmancote, pianist Janice Ng, 19, from Cheltenham and clarinettist Katie Jenner, 19, from Wotton-under-Edge. After the interval, 14-year-old pianist Kimberley Mok, from Pate’s Grammar, Cheltenham will play before saxophonist Lydia Kenny, 18, from Cam.
The panel of judges are: Professor Derek Aviss, president of Gloucestershire Academy of Music, alongside new artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival Alison Balsom and outgoing festival director for the past decade Meurig Bowen, who now works for the BBC.
During judging, gifted blind pianist Ashleigh Turley, from Tuffley, will entertain the audience. The 14-year-old, who is a pupil at The Milestone School, will perform pieces by Debussy and Bach.
The Young Musician 2018 winner will receive a cash prize of £500, the Hewitt-Jones Trophy and will be given the opportunity to perform a recital at the Cheltenham Music Festival, as well as two concerto performances with the Gloucestershire Symphony and Youth Orchestras.
The runners-up will receive a cash prize of £100 and there will also be an Audience Prize of £200 donated by the Carducci Trust. Sponsors are The Brimpsfield Music Society, The Summerfield Trust and Dee & Griffin Solicitors.
Get your tickets (£15 adults, under-18s free) on the night or online at www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/event/gloucestershire-young-musician-of-the-year-2018-finals-concert-218357/ or from the or by ringing 0844 576 2210.