14 October 2017 - 4 November 2017


Young Musician's Bursary Competition 2015 Results

The Young Musician's Bursary Competition 2015 Results


Festival Foundation Young Musicians 2015

Harpist Emily Hopper has been announced the winner of the fifth Canterbury Festival Foundation Bursary Competition.  She was selected from a very talented group of finalists – Elizabeth Letley (voice), Hannah Parry (recorder), Lucy Crooks (marimba), Natasha Williams (flute) and Tom Wu (tuba). The competition took place at St Gregory’s Centre for Music at Canterbury Christ Church University on Tuesday 20 October.

The judges were David Burridge (Education Director of Big Reveal), David Allinson (Director of Music at Canterbury Christ Church University) and Sue Wanless (Director of Music at the University of Kent).  

The judges admired Emily’s well-structured programme for Harp and her unhurried and expansive interpretation of the Handel Passacaille. In Chanson de Mai by Alphonse Hasselmans, her lyrical musicality shone through and the ever increasing considerable technical demands of the music were convincingly handled. In the William Mathias her exciting performance showed extraordinary understanding of his audacious 3rd Movement of Improvisations for Harp.

Emily received a £2,000 award which was presented on the night by the Canterbury Festival Foundation’s Chairman Roddy Loder-Symonds. This was the fifth major bursary from the charity which exists to support the long term future of the Canterbury Festival as well as investing in young musicians in Kent.

In addition to the senior finalists, three junior musicians (selected at auditions held in June) opened the second half of the concert. Timon Staehler (piano), Zurafa Sakel (piano) and Giselle Overy (violin) all played with maturity well beyond their years.

The Bursary Competition 2016 will open for submissions early next year and any local young musicians are invited to apply through their schools or music teachers. Next year’s final which will take place during the Canterbury Festival in October 2016.  For details please contact the Canterbury Festival office on 01227 452853 or visit www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

 Bursary Competition 2015 Compilation

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