This week saw the concerto final of our annual Trinity Musician of the Year competition take place in the Concert Hall. This is a culmination of months of performing for our talented young musicians, with the first round of sectionals taking place last December. Assistant Director of Music, Mrs Regan, shares highlights from the evening:

On Tuesday evening, the Trinity Concert Hall resonated with the harmonious melodies of three exceptional musicians vying for the prestigious title Trinity Musician of the Year. Upper Sixth student Ethan Hocquellet, Fourth Year Ben Abraham, and Second Year Oliver Michael graced the stage with their virtuosic solo performances, accompanied by distinguished members of the London Mozart Players alongside our very own orchestra.

The event was adjudicated by the eminent Pete Harrison, a renowned conductor and presenter with a vast repertoire of performances alongside esteemed orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Philharmonia. Harrison, known for his discerning ear and acute musical sensibilities, was deeply impressed by the exceptional communication displayed by each soloist in their renditions of the concertos.

Oliver Michael captivated the audience with his masterful interpretation of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto, weaving intricate melodies with unparalleled finesse. Ben Abraham electrified the stage with his dynamic performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, showcasing his versatility and flair. Meanwhile, Ethan Hocquellet mesmerised listeners with his rendition of Binge’s Saxophone Concerto, demonstrating both technical prowess and emotional depth.

Amidst the captivating performances, one musician emerged victorious: Oliver Michael, with his poised and deeply expressive performance, was crowned Trinity Musician of the Year. His remarkable musicality and assured presence left an indelible mark on the hearts of both the adjudicator and spectators alike.

During the evening, we also celebrated the talent of an emerging composer. A Level student, Alex Haythorne’s Piano Concerto was performed with skill by this year’s Steinway Scholar Zain Lam.

A huge congratulations to all involved on a wonderful evening of music.

For more information on the Trinity Musician of the Year competition, including last year’s results, see our recent In Trinity magazine article here.

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