Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year Rebecca McNaught is playing a recital at Cheltenham Music Festival on Thursday (July 9) as part of her prize for winning the prestigious contest.
The former Pate’s Grammar School pupil, who beat off a record entry of 22 competitors, will be performing Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata. She will also be playing Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra at Pittville Pump Room.
Nineteen-year-old Rebecca, who used to play with the orchestra, is now studying music at Oxford University, where she is a member of the Oxford University Orchestra, the Oxford University Philharmonia and Oxford University Sinfonietta.
“Winning Gloucestershire Young Musician has really given me confidence as a player and allowed me to really consider performing as a potential future career,” she said.
Rebecca, who comes from Cheltenham, won the contest in February with a cash prize of £500, the Hewitt-Jones trophy and two major recitals. She is also the winner of the Keith Nutland Award.
Next season’s contest will be officially launched this autumn at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday November 14, when she performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra, who have now taken over the running of the competition. Entries for the contest will open on October 1.
The Pittville Pump Room concert, conducted by Glyn Oxley on Thursday, will include Beethoven’s Allegro con brio from Symphony No, Mozart’s Rondo (allegro vivace) from Horn Concerto No 4, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain, Nielsen Selection from Aladdin Suite and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei.
The concert starts at 6pm and tickets cost £12 (£6 children).
Visit www.Cheltenhamfestivals.com/music for more details about Cheltenham Music Festival and www.gloucestershiresymphony.org.uk for details of the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2016 contest.