Following two preliminary rounds and a spectacular concerto final we were delighted to crown classical guitarist, Dominic Holland, our Trinity Musician of the Year last Tuesday. 

Accompanied by the Trinity Symphony Orchestra and members of the London Mozart Players, Dominic gave a lively and sensitive performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar, Strings and Continuo. 

Runner-up, trumpeter Freddie Jemison, gave a stellar, bold performance of Oskar Bohme’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in F Major.  

The evening was rounded off with a world premiere of Paysage – Tableau in A written by Steinway Scholar, Edward Warner, which guest adjudicator, Renato Balsadonna (Symphonic and Operatic Conductor) described as having ‘a real sense of life and heart’. 

Dominic said, “I am very excited to have won Trinity Musician of the Year which is a huge honour! The musicians at all three stages were extremely talented. After winning the strings competition I was quite shocked and nervous about the recital class but after performing the recital I was thrilled to be one of the musicians who made it to the concerto final. I had never performed a guitar concerto with an orchestra before so that took a little getting used to. It was a great opportunity to perform with the London Mozart Players. I’m so happy that I made it through, and I really enjoyed doing it.” 

Director of Music, David Swinson, said, “A big congratulations to all our musicians who took part in last Tuesday’s final, and of course the preliminary rounds which preceded it. It was a very magical evening, and all competitors gave exceptional performances which showcased real promise and the best of music here at Trinity. Until next year!” 


The Trinity Musician of the Year competition is a highlight of the Music Department’s calendar for our advanced musicians. This year, five competitions took place during the first round for Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Piano and Singing. Three winners were selected from each category and took part in a Recital Class in which they had to present a twenty-minute programme with piano accompaniment. It was from this part of te competition that our three finalists were selected to play in the concerto competition. 

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