Last week saw our talented musicians demonstrate their incredible skill and flair in the first rounds of our Trinity Musician of the Year Competition.

In a new-look competition, our music school presented its top players at a series of instrumental rounds last week across piano, woodwind, strings, singing and brass.

The winners of each category will move on to the semi-final recital round, taking place in the spring term. From there, three finalists will be selected to perform a concerto with an orchestra to determine our Musician of the Year in the summer term.

The quality of playing throughout last week was exceptional, with every category presenting the highest playing standards seen at Trinity for many years. Every adjudicator mentioned how impressed they were with our students, making decisions difficult throughout, reflecting both the overall playing ability of our students and the sheer strength in depth.

There are still three semi-final places available and applications for wild card slots are welcome from those who are Grade 8 and above. Please sign up on the noticeboard outside the music office. These final auditions will take place on Thursday 6th December.

Here are the results of each category – congratulations to all involved!

Piano – Caterina Grewe Finalist at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, adjudicator

1st Harry Jordan (winner of the Steinway Cup)

2nd Daniel Zolinsky

3rd Eliott Richards

Woodwind – Andrew Marriner Principal Clarinet at the London Symphony Orchestra, adjudicator

1st  Jamie Coskun

2nd  William Albuquerque

3rd  Matthew Gillam

Highly Commended: Ben Peck

Strings – Ivo Stankov Professor at the Guidhall School of Music, adjudicator

1st Ming-Ho Cheung

2nd Alex Wong

3rd Ying Lo

Highly Commended: Nadia Soole Sanchez / Ross Ah-Weng / Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

Singing – Stephan Loges Winner of the Wigmore Singing Competition, adjudicator

1st Beth Fitzpatrick (winner of the Penrose shield)

Joint 2nd Joel Okolo-Hunter & Quentin Zach-Martins

Highly Commended: Safeera Ahmed

Brass – Dan Newell Principal Cornet at the Royal Opera House, adjudicator

1st  Dan Gilbert

2nd Harry Lees

3rd Charles Davies

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