Prestigious music competition is set for another strong final

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There are five extremely talented local musicians lined up for the final of the ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’ competition this year.

Each finalist has already won the island title for their respective instrument category and they are all strong contenders for the ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’ title. They don’t have much longer to put the finishing touches to their performances ahead of the competition final, which takes place this Saturday 3 March, 7pm at the Jersey Opera House.

The five finalists are (in alphabetical order by surname):

  • Charlotte Arthur, Saxophone, Winner of the Island Music Woodwind Heat.
  • Harrison Caldeira, Trombone, Winner of the Johnny Begley Brass Heat.
  • Emilie Edelenbos, Violin, Winner of the Island Music String Heat.
  • Jessica Garton, Vocal, Winner of the Jersey Vocal Trust Vocal Heat.
  • Oliver Scott, Piano, Winner of the Wendy Falla Piano Heat.

Each finalist will perform a short programme of music, which they have selected to showcase their musicality and power of expression whilst demonstrating their performance and technical skills across a variety of musical periods and styles. The competitors will be adjudicated by an external judge who will bring an impressive range of technical knowledge and performance experience.

As well as being awarded the ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’ trophy, the overall winner will receive a cheque for £1,000 in support of their ongoing music studies. They will also be invited to give a recital in the summer. In addition, the Jersey Symphony Orchestra Award will go to one of the finalists whose performance demonstrates potential to benefit from a structured programme of participation with the JSO over the following year.

Dr Graham Cox, Principal of Jersey Music Service, said: “It was really pleasing to see that the heats in January were of such a high standard and the field for the final looks very strong indeed. I think we can expect some exciting performances and a really varied programme from the finalists. The adjudicator has a difficult task ahead, deciding who the deserved winner of this prestigious accolade should be.”

At the same time as the recent heats, this year saw the staging of the third ‘PwC Junior Musician of the Year’ competition. Aimed at promising younger musicians under the age of thirteen, the objective of the junior event is to provide younger competitors with valuable live performance experience from an early age. The junior winners include Rebecca Arthur (Vocal), Annabelle Harper (Brass), Adam Kennedy (Woodwind), Sophie Le Sueur (String) and Eden Powell (Piano) and all five talented musicians will be presented with their trophies this Saturday evening, 3 March at the Jersey Opera House.

Paul Silcock, Director at PwC, commented: “As long-term sponsor of the ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’ competition, it’s remarkable to see the incredibly high standard of performances from the young, gifted and disciplined musicians taking part each year. Having celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, the competition remains very well supported by the local community. Since its inception, the event has a great track record of inspiring many participants to drive forward with their musical careers and I’m sure there are musicians in this year’s competition who will go on to experience tremendous musical success. In addition, we are again delighted to support the inclusion of the junior event since its inception in 2016.

Performing in front of a live audience is no mean feat at any age, so the earlier the children can gain such experience, the more prepared they will be for the main competition, when the time is right for them to compete at this more senior level.”

Paul concluded: “All five finalists should certainly be very proud of their achievements to date. I’m confident that this year’s final will be another hugely enjoyable night of musical entertainment, at which we’ll be left amazed by the young finalists’ talents as they captivate us with their selected programmes.”

Winners of the PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year competition since it began in 1993

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, Percussionist 

2011 : Toby Huelin, Piano

2012 : Krystian Lamb, Piano

2013 : Elliott Samphier, Violin

2014 : Lillian Garnier, Piano

2015 : Samuel Walwyn, Guitar

2016 : Katharine Beirne, Flute

2017 : Esther Cushen, Pianist

 

Winners of the PwC Jersey Junior Musician of the Year Competition since it began in 2016 are:

2016:

James Smith – Winner of the PwC Junior Piano Competition

Ankita Sharma – Winner of the PwC Junior Brass Competition

Anna Edelenbos – Winner of the PwC Junior String Competition

Richard Hare – Winner of the PwC Junior Woodwind Competition

Molly McLaughlin – Winner of the PwC Junior Vocal Competition

2017:

Matthew Brown – Winner of the PwC Junior Piano Competition

Jonathan Cushen – Winner of the PwC Junior Brass Competition

Nicholas Lawrenson – Winner of the PwC Junior String Competition

Finlay Griffin – Winner of the PwC Junior Woodwind Competition

Hendrik Ashbrooke – Winner of the PwC Junior Vocal Competition

2018:

Rebecca Arthur – Winner of the PwC Junior Vocal Competition

Annabelle Harper – Winner of the PwC Junior Brass Competition

Adam Kennedy – Winner of the PwC Junior Woodwind Competition

Sophie Le Sueur – Winner of the PwC Junior String Competition

Eden Powell – Winner of the PwC Junior Piano Competition

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