The countdown begins for five exceptionally talented finalists competing for the title of Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2020.
Come and see the five musicians who will battle it out at Pittville Pump Room on Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm in front of a prestigious panel of judges. Tickets at £15 for adults and free for under-18s can be obtained by ringing 0844 576 2210 or online via http://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk or on the door.
The five finalists are: Prestbury percussionist Darcy Beck, 18, a student at the Royal Birmingham Youth Conservatoire; cellist Souny Park, from Cheltenham Ladies’ College, who at 15 is the youngest entrant; flautist Bethany Loader, 18, from Gloucester’s Denmark Road High School; and pianists Aaron Le Maistre, 17, from Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester and Cirencester-based Edwin Ward, 16, who is a student at Pate’s Grammar School.
Top prize is a cheque for £500, the Hewitt-Jones Trophy and several performance opportunities. There will also be an audience prize of £200, sponsored by the Carducci Trust, and cash prizes for the runners-up.
The judging panel will be chaired by Professor Derek Aviss, former executive director of Trinity Laban, Meurig Bowen, Head of Artistic Planning for the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, and Christine Hankin, Professor of Flute at the London College of Music and Brunel University.
While the judging process takes place a performance will be given by 2016 winner Adam Heron, who has gone on to become a piano category finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year.
A retiring collection will be made for the Nicholas Branston Foundation, which has provided a concert marimba for finalist Darcy Beck’s performance.