Chris blows ’em away at the Young Musicians’ finals

WOKING came alive with the sound of music on Saturday when the 2015 Young Musician of the Year final was held in the town centre’s ChristChurch.

THE GIFTED AND NOTED – second-place Ben Goldsheider; winner Christopher Brewster; and joint third-place Robert Cheung and Madeleine Pickering

THE GIFTED AND NOTED – second-place Ben Goldsheider; winner Christopher Brewster; and joint third-place Robert Cheung and Madeleine Pickering

More than a hundred guests piled in to the pews, including Woking Mayor Tony Branagan, to see performances from finalists Ben Goldscheider, 17, (French horn); James Carrabino, 17, Robert Cheung, 16, and Dylan Price, 15, (piano); 17-year-old Poppy Miller (cello); Madeleine Pickering, 17, (viola); and 17-year-old Chris Brewster on both trombone and euphonium.

THE KEY TO SUCCESS – Dylan Price was honoured with a summer school bursary

THE KEY TO SUCCESS – Dylan Price was honoured with a summer school bursary

Mezzo-soprano Flora McDonald’s dulcet tones impressed, as did the two Junior Musicians of the Year’s renditions on piano (Sawa Ward, 14) and cello (Sophie Kauer, 13).

BOW SELECTOR – cellist Sophie Kauer, Junior Musician of the Year

BOW SELECTOR – cellist Sophie Kauer, Junior Musician of the Year

Adjudicator, Quentin Poole, is a worldwide name on the oboe and an experienced examiner, working for all the leading music colleges and conservatories.

For more than 25 years, he has been closely involved with training young musicians at the highest level, both as a tutor for the National Youth Orchestra and at the Purcell School for young musicians where, for 12 years, he was Director of Music.

MUSIC MAKERS – Cllr Branagan with the XY Quartet Sam, Amy, Isobel and Alistair

MUSIC MAKERS – Cllr Branagan with the XY Quartet Sam, Amy, Isobel and Alistair

Mayor Branagan did the honours of presenting winners with the prizes. So close were the students’ accomplishments that third place couldn’t be separated and was awarded to two musicians – Robert for his piano recital and Madeleine for her perfect performance on the viola.

HORNBLOWER – Ben Goldsheider came second on the French Horn

HORNBLOWER – Ben Goldsheider came second on the French Horn

Second prize went to Ben for his talents on the French horn, while top slot went to former Winston Churchill schoolboy Chris, who blew everyone away with an emotionally wide range of pieces by Saint-Saëns, Castérède and Wilby on both trombone and euphonium.

Melody maker – the Mayor of Woking, Tony Branagan, presents Flora MacDonald with the coveted Most Promising Singer accolade

Melody maker – the Mayor of Woking, Tony Branagan, presents Flora MacDonald with the coveted Most Promising Singer accolade

Flora won the Most Promising Young Singer award, while a summer school bursary went to pianist Dylan.

High praise and a trophy also went to the XY String Quartet comprising Amy, 14, Isobel, 15, Alistair, 16, and Sam, 14. They are also the section leaders for Guildford’s United Reform Church Orchestra.

A STRING OF TALENT – Amy, Isobel, Alistair and Sam are the XY String Quartet and section leaders of the United Reform Church Orchestra in Guildford A STRING OF TALENT – Amy, Isobel, Alistair and Sam are the XY String Quartet and section leaders of the United Reform Church Orchestra in Guildford

A STRING OF TALENT – Amy, Isobel, Alistair and Sam are the XY String Quartet and section leaders of the United Reform Church Orchestra in Guildford
A STRING OF TALENT – Amy, Isobel, Alistair and Sam are the XY String Quartet and section leaders of the United Reform Church Orchestra in Guildford

The evening ended on a high note, having totally lived up to the expectation of a superb night of music-making. A Woking Music Festival spokesman praised those who helped make it happen: “We are grateful to the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust for their invaluable financial support, and to Handel’s Pianos of Sunningdale for their part in arranging the loan of a Bechstein D piano.”

FULL-SCALE PERFORMANCE – one of the finalists, James Carrabino, plays piano

FULL-SCALE PERFORMANCE – one of the finalists, James Carrabino, plays piano

 

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