It was a double whammy for talented 17-year-old pianist Adam Heron, from Cheltenham, who won the title of and also the Audience Prize at Pittville Pump Room (March 1st).
The six finalists all gave outstanding performances before the Mayor of Cheltenham and an audience of distinguished guests.
Special mention was made of oboist Emily Stephens’ playing by the panel of judges, chaired by director of Cheltenham Music Festival Meurig Bowen accompanied by celebrated clarinettist Julian Bliss and award-winning composer Thomas Hewitt Jones. Emma Denton of the Carducci String Quartet presented the audience prize and sponsor Steve Godsell the winner’s prize.
The finalists were: Jen Statham (violin) Tom Butler (clarinet), Izzy Henry (flute), Freya Ireland (percussion), Emily Stephens (oboe) and winner Adam Heron.
Adam’s prize is a cheque for £500 plus the Hewitt Jones trophy plus the audience prize of £200. He will be also offered recitals at Cheltenham Music Festival and a concerto concert with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra as well as Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra. Each finalist runner-up received a cheque for £100.