There are six particularly 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 Young Musician of the Year’ title. They have just under two weeks to put the finishing touches to their performances ahead of the competition final, which takes place on Saturday 8th March, 7pm at the Jersey Opera House.
The six finalists are (in alphabetical order by surname):
• Emilie Edelenbos, Violin, Winner of the Island Music Strings Heat.
• Lauren Gallaher, Flute, Winner of the Island Music Woodwind Heat.
• Lillian Garnier, Piano, Winner of the Wendy Falla Piano Heat.
• Rachel Hayden, Voice, Winner of the Jersey Vocal Trust Vocal Heat.
• Gareth Rees, Trumpet, Winner of the Johnny Begley Brass Heat.
• Nicole Taylor, Percussion, Winner of the Denys Hacquoil Percussion Heat.
The recent heats saw the long awaited addition of the Vocal Heat, sponsored by the Jersey Vocal Trust. Ian Kennedy (the visiting Vocal adjudicator) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama spoke extremely highly of the standard of the competition.
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 a panel of external judges who bring together an impressive range of technical knowledge and performance experience.
‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year 2013’ violinist Elliot Samphier will be performing a short recital after the interval, whilst the adjudicators deliberate and make their final decision on this year’s winner.
As well as being awarded the ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’ trophy and a cheque for £200, the overall winner will receive a trip for themselves and a friend or family member to attend a concert of their choice in the UK. They will also be invited to give a recital in the summer at the Jersey Arts Centre. In addition, one of the finalists will be presented with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra Award for outstanding performance which is being adjudicated separately for the first time this year.
Dr Graham Cox, Head of the 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 from the finalists. The judges have a difficult task ahead, deciding who the winner of this prestigious accolade should be.”
Karl Hairon, Partner at PwC, commented: “As long-term sponsor of this competition, it’s remarkable to see the exceptional standard of performances from the young, gifted and disciplined musicians taking part each year. The ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’ remains very well supported by the local community and is inspiring for all of those who are involved in it. Now in its 22nd year, I’d like to wish the final six the very best of luck. I’m certain 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 take us through their selected programmes.”
Tickets for the final are available to the public now from the Jersey Opera House Box Office and online, priced at £7.50 for adults with free admission for students in full time education.