Sherborne Young Musician final was held on 15th March at the Tindall Hall, Sherborne School, as part of a joint project with Sherborne Douzelage, the Gryphon and Sherborne Schools.
The audience had a “feast for their ears”, played to an exceptional standard by the finalists. There was a good variety of instruments and it was very pleasing to have classical guitar, harp and cello in the strings section of the competition.
The individual prizes for the winning musicians in each instrumental class of Brass, Piano, Woodwind, and strings was £50. The overall winner’s prize of £200 plus a trophy were presented by Dominic Elliott, Mayor of Sherborne. Section prizes were sponsored by Arts Link.
After the competition the Gryphon School Brass Ensemble played a lively selection of tunes whilst the adjudicators were deliberating on the results.
The finalists were:
Douglas Mak - Piano
Eleanor Roda (flute ) -Woodwind
Lara Taylor (classical guitar) - Strings
Jack Blakey (trumpet) - Brass
The outright winner was Douglas Mak of Sherborne School, who in the final played two pieces:
Liebestraum N0.3 in A flat major by Liszt and Ballade No.1 Op. 23 in G Major by Chopin
The Gaudier Ensemble will be inviting Douglas Mak , As Sherborne Young Musician of the Year 2014, to take part in a Masterclass with the pianist Susan Tomes as part of the Cerne Abbas Music Festival
Wessex strings have also offered him the opportunity to play a piano duet with them.
The winners of this event, plus runners up will go forward to an international event in Sherborne in July, when they will make music with young instrumentalists from five European towns who are Douzelage partners of Sherborne, from The Czech republic, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, and Slovakia. The final concert from that series of workshops will take place in Sherborne on Saturday 19th July.
The adjudicators remarked on the high quality of the repertoire and the playing throughout. It is the first year that this event has been held and it has been heavily supported by local trusts, businesses and private individuals.
It is intended that this project will repeat every two years with future events being held in other EU towns, giving local students a chance to travel and make music in other towns similar to Sherborne.