A handful of Oakham School’s musicians travelled to Nottingham over the weekend of 12-13 October to compete in the biennial Nottingham Young Musician of the Year competition. Despite many of their peers being unavailable due to Service Weekend expeditions, seven musicians won praise from the adjudicators for their committed performances in the different classes. Rupert played Chopin’s Berceuse beautifully in the senior piano class; Holly was highly commended in the senior vocal class for her strongly characterised singing of a Britten Cabaret Song; Eloise was highly commended in the junior vocal class for her singing of two contrasting songs; and Daisy performed stylishly on the saxophone in the junior woodwind class.
Three musicians are to be congratulated for winning their preliminary round, with George triumphing in the junior woodwind class, Jessica winning the senior woodwind class, and William overcoming tough competition to win the senior vocal class. All three went forward to the semi-finals on Sunday afternoon, where they competed against the other class winners. They gave incredibly confident performances alongside many other talented musicians and were terrific ambassadors for music at Oakham School.
We were therefore delighted that Jessica and William were both chosen as winners in their respective competition sections, winning the titles of Nottingham Young Woodwind Player of the Year, and Nottingham Young Singer of the Year. They will both receive their trophies and £250 prizes at the competition final on Sunday 17 November at the University of Nottingham, when they will both perform a 20 minute programme of music as they aspire to become overall winners of the title Nottingham Young Musician of the Year. This is the first time that Oakham School pupils have won two of the five major prizes in this major regional competition. Congratulations to all our musicians who took part!