BRILLIANT 13-year-old violinist Hannah Brooks-Hughes, from Stanway, was our youngest ever winner of the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2017. And now she wants other young musicians to follow in her footsteps.
Entries have just opened for the 2018 contest, which offers a £500 cash prize and performance platform at the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Carducci Festival, as well as concerto concerts with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra and county’s Youth Orchestra.
Hannah, who has been leader of the National Children’s Orchestra and has played with Nicola Benedetti, can be seen performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor at Pittville Pump Room on Sunday, November 12th at 7.30pm, with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra. A former student of the Gloucestershire Academy of Music, she is taught by internationally acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little.
Following her success, it’s hoped a record entry of young musicians will compete for this year’s coveted prize as organisers, the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra, publish details on their website www.gloucestershiresymphony.org.uk.
The orchestra took over the running of the contest three years ago, in partnership with Cheltenham Music Festival, the Carducci Trust, Gloucestershire Music and the Gloucestershire Academy of Music.
This year’s contest is sponsored by the Carducci Trust, Dee and Griffin Solicitors, the Summerfield Trust and the Brimpsfield Music Society.
The contest is open to piano, string, woodwind, orchestral percussion and brass musicians, aged 21 or under, of at least Grade 8 standard, who live in or go to school in the county, or receive musical tuition in a recognised musical organisation in Gloucestershire.
Finalists, selected at an audition on January 7th 2018, will give a 15-minute recital before an audience and panel of judges at a public concert on March 6th, 2018 at Pittville Pump Room. The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday, November 26th. Entry forms and rules at www.gloucestershiresymphony.or.uk.