Published: Friday, 19th July 2019
Fifteen finalists from across the borough gathered to see who would be crowned Young Musician of the Year for 2019, following two weeks of auditions at the Blackheath Conservatoire earlier this year.
The competition was open to all young musicians attending a Royal Greenwich School and/or The Royal Greenwich Music Centre (RGMC), and each finalist was required to perform during the event, before the final decision was taken by the panel of expert judges, who were:
- Tracy Russell - Senior Assistant Director, Inclusion Learning and Achievement with the Royal Borough of Greenwich
- Richard Slade - Head Teacher of Plumcroft Primary School
- Lindsay Evernden - Head of Royal Greenwich Music Hub Services
- Orla Ralston - Chair of Royal Greenwich Music Hub Governance
- Neill Quinton - Widening Participation Manager for Children and Young People’s Programmes, Learning and Participation at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Community Safety, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to showcase the wonderful musical talent of young people in the borough, who are a credit to themselves and the excellent teaching staff. A big well done to all those who took part and particularly to the winners.”
Whilst the judges deliberated, the audience was treated to a performance from the Windrush Primary School Charlton Choir, before the prizes were awarded to the following winners:
It was too close to call for two finalists, so each was awarded the prize:
Max Glaser-Batdorff and Chenese Marcellin
Each runner-up was presented with a certificate to recognise their hard work and talent for getting to this final stage in the competition, and the winners received the following prizes:
- Five instrumental lessons at Junior Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
- A pair of tickets for the Autumn season at Blackheath Halls.
- An invitation to perform a solo at the Celebrate Royal Greenwich Instrumental Gala, the Do the Right Thing Awards, and other borough events throughout the year.
To find out more about how you can get involved in musical activities in the borough, please visit: royalgreenwich.gov.uk/extracurricular