Music scholar wins Nottingham Young Singer of the Year
12 October 2015
Seventh Former Edwin Lambert won the much-coveted title of Nottingham Young Singer of the Year over the weekend. Edwin will now go through to the final of the competition, where he will compete to become Nottingham Young Musician of the Year.
Ten Oakhamian musicians in total travelled to Nottingham to compete in the biennial Nottingham Young Musician of the Year competition. Edwin and oboist Rupert Fell performed particularly well in the first round of the competition as they competed against some of the best musicians in the East Midlands. Rupert won the Woodwind Group 1 class for ages 11-12, and Edwin won the Singing Group 3 class for ages 16-18.
Both boys then went forward to compete in the competition semi-finals, in which the competition’s fifteen class winners performed again. Rupert performed admirably in the woodwind competition, acquitting himself very well alongside a talented saxophonist and clarinettist who were much older. Edwin Lambert had the longest wait as he performed last of all, but his patience was rewarded when he was chosen as the best singer of the day, winning a trophy and the title of Nottingham Young Singer of the Year. He will now compete in the competition’s final on Sunday 15 November in the University of Nottingham Djanogly Recital Hall.
The eight other musicians also performed very well: pianists Jessica Carr, singers Bethany Davis and Holly Frostwick, string players Grace Muris, Jessica Tomey and Issy Martin, and trumpeters Freddie Buchanan and Adam Hebditch. They were regularly singled out for particular praise by the adjudicators, who variously applauded their excellent tone, technical control, and the drama and maturity of their performances.