Five of Jersey’s most talented young musicians are currently putting the finishing touches to their performances ahead of the final of the PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year competition 2011 [the name of the competition is ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’].

The final of the prestigious competition, now in its 19th year, takes place on Saturday 12th March at 7pm and will again be hosted at the Jersey Opera House.

The five finalists all proceed to the final as winners of their sectional heats, having fought off competition from a total of thirty entrants. The heat stages, which showcased an exceptional standard of talent, took place over three consecutive evenings in early February at Georgetown Methodist Church.

The winners of the separate heats and the five musicians battling it out in the final will be (in alphabetical order):

George Bailey (Cornet & Flugel Horn):      Winner of the Johnny Begley Brass Heat
Toby Huelin (Piano):                                             Winner of the Wendy Falla Piano Heat
William Matthews (Percussion):                  Winner of the Dennis Hacquoil Percussion Heat
Laura Poingdestre (Saxophone):                  Winner of the Island Music Woodwind Heat
Elliott Samphier (Violin):                                   Winner of the Island Music Strings Heat

Each finalist will perform a short programme of music, which will be adjudicated by a panel of external judges chaired by John Foster. Percussionist Jack Chown, PwC Young Musician of the Year 2010, will also give a short recital.

Neil Courtney, Head of the Jersey Instrumental Service, believes this year’s final will be closely contested yet again:

“This competition is so well established in Jersey now that we almost expect the kind of high standards that we will no doubt witness in this year’s final. We should remember that all of this comes as a lot of hard work from our young musicians and a great deal of support from parents and teachers. The judges for this year’s final will no doubt have a very difficult task in deciding the winner of this prestigious accolade this year and the audience are in for a treat. Thanks again should go to our long-term supporters PwC, who have helped make this such a unique competition.”

Brendan McMahon, Partner at PwC, added:

“For staff and Partners, this event is always a highlight in our community programme calendar and one that constantly produces a high standard of performance from young musicians in the island and is well supported by the local community. The competition continues to inspire all those who are involved in it and I am sure that this year’s final will be yet another hugely enjoyable evening. I wish all the finalists the very best of luck.”

Tickets for this event are available to the public now from the Jersey Opera House Box Office and are priced at £5 for adults with free admission for those in full time education.


Issued by Adam Riddell at Crystal Public Relations, tel. +44 (0) 1534 639505 or e-mail

For further information, please contact Neil Courtney, Head of the Jersey Instrumental Service, on tel. +44 (0) 1534 832235 or e-mail

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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