Each year this evening promises to be just as exciting as in previous years with a wonderfully varied programme and such a sense of anticipation, community and support for all involved.
The competition is totally all-inclusive and the department encourages any student who is brave enough to audition to have a go! It has been run the same way for the last couple of years with just one week of auditions consisting of over 90 enjoyable performances. We were delighted that James Otto, a previous finalist and runner up in 2008, was able to adjudicate the piano auditions.
We are very proud of students who have performed in the final stages of this competition and who have studied, or are currently studying music at the following institutions: The Royal College of Music, London; Trinity College of Music, London; Universities of Durham, Leeds, Birmingham, Southampton, Sheffield, Cardiff and Bristol; Birmingham Conservatoire; Leeds College of Music; The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and the Paris Conservatoire.
A number of finalists are now making a career in music either by teaching or performing, or both. Ten years ago Dominic Irving won Young Musician. Dominic has written the following thoughts about his experience of the competition:
“The competition is a wonderful opportunity to get some ‘real-life’ performance experience in a large venue, playing on a Steinway grand to a large audience, instead of in a practice room with just a few people. It gives you the motivation and discipline to learn a brand new piece or polish an existing one, and learn about all the etiquette of concerts such as dressing smartly, bowing, etc. The hall is always packed with an enthusiastically supportive audience, which calms any nerves players might have. The most useful part is the constructive and positive feedback from the judges, audience, and fellow pupils, which gives you the drive to never stop improving and enjoying your musical performances.”