The Barron Prize
Sixth Form Instrumental Music Competition
The music performed during the Final Concert of this year’s Barron Prize (Sixth Form Instrumental Music Competition) included several key works from the Classical Music Repertoire, such as Weber’s Grand Duo Concertant, Saint-Saëns’ Morceau de Concert, Neruda’s Trumpet Concerto as well as works by Bach, Schubert and Arrieu.
That all eight Finalists were able to approach and understand these pieces, and perform them with technical assurance and musical integrity, is a powerful testament to the serious commitment and advanced achievement of the School’s senior musicians.
The Adjudicator, Mr Jonathan Vaughan, Vice-Principal and Director of Music at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, was hugely impressed by all the performances, particularly the mature interpretation of such demanding music.
Two performers, Julie Scholefield and Stanley Chau, were awarded “Highly Commended” and the Joint Winners were Emily Neve, performing Boutry’s Divertimento and Fauré’s Elergy on Saxophone, and Matthew Fisher, who played Brahms’ Intermezzo in A op.118 no.2 and Polichinelle by Rachmaninoff.