Flautist named 23rd PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year

Flautist Katharine Beirne has been named ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year 2016’ in the 24th year of the competition.

St Mary's School, Ascot student Katharine fought off competition from five other finalists in the competition, which took place on Saturday 19 March 2016 at the Jersey Opera House.

She becomes the youngest winner ever at age 14, and the fourth flautist to win the competition in its 24 year history.

This was Katharine's second year to reach the final at the Jersey Opera House. To win the title, Katharine performed three pieces of music at which the audience was left truly mesmerised. As well as being awarded the PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year Trophy, Katharine was awarded a cheque for £1000 to go towards her future musical studies.

For the past three years, Katharine has played with the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, selected as one of six flautists from across Britain to play in their main orchestra. Her next step is to apply for the National Youth Orchestra.

Dr Graham Cox, Principal of Jersey Music Service,  said: “It was a lovely evening. We had one of the biggest audiences we’ve ever had for the final and it was just about a full Opera House. There was an incredibly high standard among all the finalists and a really varied programme. Katharine’s stage presence was captivating and she really engaged the audience and took them on a wonderful journey.”

Paul Silcock, Director at PwC, commented: “The standard of performance from all finalists was once again outstanding.  This competition has a great track record of inspiring many participants to drive forward with their musical careers and I am sure there are a number in this year’s competition who will go on to experience tremendous musical success. They should all be very proud of their achievements.”

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

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