The event is held every year and follows the competitors through playing in one of
two heats, at either Katharine Lady Berkeley School or Westonbirt School in January,
to reach the final at Sibley Hall where they are expected to play one, two or three
pieces of their own choosing, the maximum time allowed is twelve minutes. Both
heats and final aim to offer the competitors a realistic live performing environment, in
front of an audience, which for some will be a new experience – one which can only
broaden their talent and playing ability.
Will Jones from Sir William Romney’s School in Tetbury started the proceedings
playing the cornet. He offered two pieces: Dvorak and Goedicke in contrasting styles.
Then we heard Jemima Price on violin with works by Franck and Copeland, followed
by Andrew Chen from Rendcomb College on piano. He played three pieces:
Rachmaninov, Chopin and Schumann. Then followed the two guitarists: Simon Crew
from Cirencester Deer Park and Luke Field from Sir Thomas Rich's with pieces by
Villa-Lobos and John Dowland amongst others.
After the interval Beth Hiatt on clarinet played Scott's Fujico and a Rondo by Mozart.
We then had three students from Castle School in Thornbury: Aggie Barnes on violin,
Ellen O'Brien on a highly polished French horn and her sister Lizzie on violin. Each
played three pieces by various composers.
The last competitor, Edwin Ward from Rendcomb, rounded of the afternoon by
demonstrating his mastery of the piano by playing three contrasting pieces: Schubert;
Liszt and a jazz piece by Errol Garner.
After about twenty minutes the judges returned to announce the results, as follows:
First place and the Mervyn Norris Trophy went to Edwin Ward; Second place to
Aggie Barnes and Third to Ellen O'Brien.
At the end of the evening the contestants were loudly applauded by a very
appreciative audience both for their talent and their performances. We left looking
forward to the next competition in 2018.
more This will be the seventeenth year that the nine South Cotswold clubs facilitate this competition. The winner last year was Simon Crew (photo) from Cirencester College, who was third in the previous year – he plays with Corinium Guitars.
more Final Competition held Sunday, 24th February, 2.00pm, at Westonbirt School.
more Held at Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire, on Sunday 28th January
more This will be the fifteenth year that the nine South Cotswold clubs facilitate this competition.