Young Musician of the Year 2022
Ben Harris

Congratulations to Emma Belshaw who was the overall winner of this year’s Young Musician of the Year competition and to Poppy Coward who was awarded the Key Stage 3 title.

A wealth of musical talent from across the age groups was on show at the event, which involved pupils at all levels competing in classes for percussion, piano, guitar, strings, woodwind and singing.

Our Young Musician of the Year contest is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to perform in front of an audience, compete among their peers and receive detailed, personalised feedback from a professional musician. The competition demonstrates and showcases every one of our school values of participation, ambition and respect, and the much sought-after prizes are hard fought among the rich talent of musicians at school. Our pupils devote hours of time to rehearsals, alongside their studies and other school commitments.

This year we were very fortunate to have Adam Dobson act as adjudicator. Adam has enjoyed a performing career that has seen him tour Europe, Russia, and the United States. He has also worked as a Musical Director for numerous European concert tours and musical productions. Adam has performed on national television and radio in the UK, Denmark and Germany. In the Summer of 2016, he was invited to perform on stage at the Brandenburg Gate, in front of an audience of over 100,000, as part of Berlin’s opening celebrations for the UEFA Euro 2016 Fanmeile.

Our overall winner, Emma Belshaw, captivated the audience with her performance of ‘Ballade no 1 in G Minor’ on the piano and Poppy Coward won the Woodwind Class as well as being named Key Stage Three Young Musician of the Year, with her performance of ‘Café Europa and Hymn’ on the saxophone.