A total of 14 entries have been received for the 2019 Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year contest – with two multi-talented candidates entering different instruments.
They will be competing in the first round on Sunday January 6 at Gloucestershire Academy of Music headquarters Barbican House in Gloucester when adjudicator Professor Derek Aviss, former principal of Trinity College, will have the interesting task of deciding who should go on to the finals on March 5.
The candidates, who come from all parts of the county, include a euphonium player, three cellists, two violinists, a viola player who is also entering as a violinist, a flautist, clarinettist and five pianists – one of whom is also entering as a violinist.
They will perform a selection of pieces for 20 minutes during this round of the contest.
Those chosen to go through to the finals will compete in the prestigious Prince Michael Hall at Cheltenham’s Dean Close School on Tuesday March 5 in front of a panel of judges chaired by Professor Aviss, who is president of the Gloucestershire Academy of Music.
The winner receives the Hewitt-Jones Trophy and a £500 cash prize along with the opportunity to play at the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Carducci Festival and at concerts with Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra and Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra. The runners-up receive £100 each. There is also a £250 audience prize sponsored by the Carducci Trust, who are partners in the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra event – along with Cheltenham Festivals, Gloucestershire Academy of Music, and Gloucestershire Music. The event is sponsored by The Summerfield Trust, the Brimpsfield Music Society and Ann Heron.
The 2019 entrants are: Katie Jenner (clarinet), Alex Waterman (flute), Stephen Parker (euphonium), Esme Spry (cello), Matthew Gilchrist (cello), Alexia Dunley (cello), Bill Ko Tsz Hin (violin and viola), Aaron Le Maistre (violin and piano), Zoe Tan (piano), Michael Lei (piano), Tsukushi Mitsuda (piano) and Diff Jia (piano).