HARD work, dedication and hours of rehearsals – there really is little theory behind the sensational achievements of Woking’s Young Musicians of the Year.
The band of youngsters held a concert on the first day of February to showcase exactly why they are the borough’s finest over string, horn and ivory.
Winners from the annual Woking Music Festival, held in November, were invited to perform in the hope of impressing decorated adjudicator Peter Stark and landing the coveted mantle of music master. Coming out on top was pianist Jenny Clark, who collected the Gordon Brown Trophy, plus a cash prize.
Runner up went to Lara Caister, who scooped the Yorkshire Building Society Trophy, while third prize and the HR Taylor Charitable Trust Trophy went to another pianist, Robert Cheung.
Awards Committee Member Eileen Long said she did not envy Mr Stark’s task in settling on the eventual winners.She said: “Apart from the hours that a student spends in lessons and guidance from a teacher, there are 10 times as many hours in which the student practices and works alone to achieve the level of expertise needed for professional performance.
“Mr Stark found himself in an unfortunate position to have to make a choice from these young musicians for the award, but that is his job. He said that it had been a long time since he has heard such a high standard of performance in a festival and commended all performers as champions in their own right.
“Rarely has he enjoyed a concert so much and Woking should be proud of the standard achieved.
There were additional winners in Olivia Doutney, who was named Young Singer of the Year, while Bethany Wood bagging the Young Actor Award.
Prizes were given to all who performed on the night, and were presented by the ceremony’s special guest, Woking Mayor Anne Roberts.