Over 65 young Wind and Brass musicians performed in the School’s annual Wind and Brass Prize competitions, held in the Maidment Building last week. The standard of performance in all categories was excellent, with some spectacular performances in certain areas.
Many congratulations to the following prizewinners:
WIND PRIZES 2014
Junior Class (Adjudicator: Shelley Oliver)
First Prize – Edward Stapleton
Highly Commended – Alastair Harris
Commended – Michael Hoare
Intermediate Class (Adjudicator: Claire Fitton)
First Prize – Brook Plumptre
Highly Commended – George Panayi
Commended – Jesse Mattinson
Senior Class (Adjudicator: Naomi Sullivan)
First – Henry Kennedy (Clarinet)
Highly Commended – Henry Newbould
Commended – Alexander Bird
BRASS PRIZES (Adjudicator: Rhys Owens)
First Prize – George Holder
Highly Commended – Edward Acton
Commended – Samuel Bayliss
First Prize – Harry Sargeant
Highly Commended – Henry Thomas
Commended – Brendan Parsons
We are very grateful to adjudicators Rhys Owens, Naomi Sullivan, Shelley Oliver and Claire Fitton for their time, expertise and thoughtful comments.
Rhys Owens, who adjudicated the Brass Prizes, began playing the cornet in his local brass band at the age of eight. At 17 he was Principal Cornet of the National Brass Band of Wales and Principal Trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. In 1984 he entered Chetham’s School of Music moving on to the Royal College of Music in 1986. During his time at the Royal College he was a brass finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and also finalist in the Shell LSO competition. He joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991 and was promoted to Section Principal in 1998. He has been teaching trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music since 1999.
The Junior Wind Prize was adjudicated by clarinettist Shelley Oliver, co-owner of the specialist music shop Windband in Shrewsbury.
Local saxophonist, flautist and clarinettist, Claire Fitton adjudicated this year’s Intermediate Wind Prize.
The Senior Wind Prize was adjudicated by Naomi Sullivan, who has won awards from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, Countess of Munster and at competitions including the Royal Overseas League, 'Pacem in Terris' Bayreuth (Germany) and the Northshore Music Competition (Chicago. As a soloist Naomi has performed with orchestras in USA, Germany and UK. She continues to work on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and for Live Music Now! Her orchestral playing includes work with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. As a chamber musician, Naomi has performed at numerous London venues as well as for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series and Blackheath Hall’s Young Artists Series. She has also recorded several chamber music CDs.