Young Musicians of St George's Shine in Annual Competition
We were delighted to host the annual Young Musicians of St George's Competition, showcasing the exceptional talent of our young musicians. The competition saw a diverse range of performances, from classical piano solos to violin reels.
Christine (L6), a talented pianist, took first place with her rendition of Nocturn in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No.1, by Frédéric Chopin. This sombre piece, requiring sonority and expressive nuance, was beautifully executed by Christine, demonstrating her technical mastery and musicality.
Samanthi (U5), another gifted pianist, secured second place with her performance of Impromptu in B minor by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Composed in 1911, this gentle piece features a song-like middle section contrasted with a repeated melody in the beginning and end. Samantha's performance captured the essence of the piece, showcasing her delicate touch and musical sensitivity.
Sharing third place were Katherine (L6), on flute, and Deepti (U5), playing clarinet. Katherine's performance of Flute Quartet in D major, K. 285 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was particularly noteworthy. The adagio, described as "of the sweetest melancholy" by Mozart's biographer Alfred Einstein, was played with exquisite tenderness, while the fast-paced Rondo was delivered with infectious energy.
Deepti's performance of Clarinet Concerto No.1 in Eb Major: Poco adagio by Leopold Koželuch, was equally impressive. This concerto, striking an early romantic note, features a delightful and indelible melody that Deepti brought to life with her expressive playing.
The adjudicator for the competition, Dr Tim Ridley, Director of Music at Glenalmond College, praised the high standard of musicianship displayed by all our fantastic participants.