Thirty local talented musicians will shortly begin their bid to earn the title of PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year [the title of the competition is the ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’].

Now in its nineteenth year, the prestigious competition has again attracted a strong field of young musicians.

All the entrants are currently preparing a short programme of music to perform in one of the five heats which will take place over three consecutive evenings in early February at Georgetown Methodist Church and which are open to the public, free of charge. The heats and entrants this year are as follows:

Wednesday 2nd February, 6.30pm: Island Music Woodwind Heat, Dennis Hacquoil Percussion Heat and Johnny Begley Trust Brass Heat: Laura Poingdestre (Recorder), Victoria Rees (Flute), Naomi Koester (Alto Saxophone), Caitlin Pilbeam (Bassoon), Eloise Hamon ( Flute) and Megan John (Flute); William Matthews (Percussion); Benjamin Carter (Tuba), Sally Crago (Cornet), Gareth Rees (Trumpet & Flugel horn), Grace Bravery (Trombone) and George Bailey (Cornet).

Thursday 3rd February, 6.30pm: Island Music Strings Heat: Lucy Le Marquand (Violin), Finlay Hare (Cello), Jack Helm (Guitar), James Poingdestre (Violin), Emily Poingdestre (Violin), Philip Fortio (Cello), Elliott Samphier (Violin) and Carys Williams (Cello).

Friday 4th February, 6.30pm: Wendy Falla Piano Heat: Leila Eldirdiry Osman, Lilian Garnier, Isobel Osborne, Krystian Lamb, Phlip Beaugie, Toby Huelin, Emma Barrow, Alexander Cornish, Lucy Osborne and Andrew Tsang.

UK-based John Foster, who has previously assisted in judging the competition final and brings worldwide experience as a teacher, adjudicator and examiner, will return as Chairman on the specialist panel of adjudicators at each of the heats. The winner of each sectional heat will receive a cheque for £100 and a place in the final, which will this year be held on Saturday 12th March at 7.30pm at the Jersey Opera House.

As well as being awarded the 2011 PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year Trophy and a cheque for £200, the overall winner of the competition will have an expenses paid trip for themselves and a friend or family member to attend a concert of their choice in the UK and be invited to give a recital next summer at the Jersey Arts Centre.

Neil Courtney, Head of the Jersey Instrumental Service, said:

“Yet again we’ve received a high number of entries for this year’s competition and the field is incredibly strong. I think we can expect some excellent performances in all of the heats and the indications are that it will be another exciting competition. We are once again grateful to PwC for their continued long-term support of the competition and the role it plays in helping to develop musical excellence in Jersey.”

Brendan McMahon, Partner, PwC, added:

“We are proud to continue to be associated with this competition and it’s great that, after eighteen years, it still appeals to so many youngsters in Jersey. It’s success is a credit to the teaching staff, who instil the sort of aspiration and enthusiasm that will no doubt be on display in all of the heats. Gaining experience of public performance is a vital part of any young musician’s development and the heats provide a valuable opportunity for that.”

Ends.

Notes to Editors:

Winners of the PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year Competition since it began in 1993 are:
1993:    Michael Eouzan, Euphonium         1994:    Claire Pinel, Flute
1995:    Luke Brown, Tenor Horn                 1996:    James Southall, Piano
1997:    James Southall, Cello                       1998:    Christopher George, Piano
1999:    Laura Smith, Flute                           2000:    Dominic Pallot, Trombone
2001:    Julie Robinson, Violin                      2002:    Russell Abraham, Percussion
2003:    Robbie Harvey, Trombone             2004:    Jocelyn Crowcroft, Piano
2005:    Louise Morgan, Percussion              2006:    Edward Bailhache, Piano
2007:    Samuel Bisson, Piano                       2008:    Jennah Smart, Flute
2009:    Georgina Sutton, Piano                   2010:    Jack Chown, Percussion

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