Congratulations to Lower Sixth student Zain Lam for his recent success at the Bromley Festival of Music and Speech. This was the first time Zain had participated in the festival: he entered five different classes for two instruments and won six different trophies. 

On top of these awards, Zain was specially selected to play for the Star Performer Music Award, which is given to the overall winner for the music section of the festival. After performing in a final competition, he came second overall, narrowly missing out to a singer. 

He says, “I have learnt a lot about preparing for competitions from this festival, it has been beneficial in showing me how much preparation is needed before a performance. I also feel very grateful to the support from my teachers throughout the years. Their hard work and dedication to guide me through my music journey has been paramount in my success in events such as this music festival. Looking into the future, I hope I can find opportunities for performing at a higher level – like performing concerti with an orchestra.”   

Since joining Trinity, Zain has studied piano and cello at Trinity Music Academy, which runs on Saturdays during term time. He also studies piano with Martin Cousin and cello with Katherine Jenkinson and says, “I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunities to study under both, as they are musicians of the highest calibre.” 

The Bromley Festival has been running since 1929 and has over 1,000 entries each year.  

Zain Lam's trophies from the Bromley Music Festival

On piano, Zain performed Debussy Arabesque No 1, Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux Op 16 No 4, Liszt’s Un Sospiro, Chopin Op 10 No 3 and took home the Challenge Cup, Stratford Senior Trophy, Brian Empett Cup Junior Chopin, Brian Empett Cup Senior Recital and the Edith Gardner Cup. 

On cello, Zain performed Mark Summer’s Julie-o and Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso, which he also played in the masterclass with Paul Marleyn at Trinity last term and took home the Bickley Trophy.

Well done for a brilliant festival!

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