The 2016 Award Concert at Beaulieu was held on the 25th June 2016.
The large audience at Beaulieu Abbey were treated to a varied and highly enjoyable concert given by award winners and finalists from the recent Music at Beaulieu competition.
Proceedings started with greetings from Michael Pelham and Helen Woodgates who both gave the audience a warm welcome.
The first performer of the evening was Junior Award winner Lewis Lee, who entertained us with Albinoni's Violin Concerto in A and Sibelius's Mazurka. Lewis showed his potential with a clear sound, and coped well with numerous technical challenges.
Adam Thomas (Junior finalist) then impressed us with Brahm's Sonata in F minor (4th movement); here there was a strong sense of ensemble between clarinetist and pianist.
Alida Stoman was our next performer, and she sang Silver by Armstrong Gibbs followed by Mozart's Queen of the Night. Some of the high notes in the Mozart were quite astonishing!
Matthew Lloyd Wilson ended the first half with a rendition of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto finale; a highly virtuosic choice, which brought a smile to many faces in the audience.
After the interval, Ruth Mills (finalist) sang songs by Rachmaninov and Strauss, which were both humourous and captivating.
Second prize winner of the Award (£1.000) was Joshua Mead; Pequena Czarda by Pedro Iturralde showed what a saxophone could really do. Joshua's performance was a sheer delight.
The final performer was Award winner, violinist Matthew Crisp, a student at Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance. Matthew played Delius's Legend and Kriesler's Tambourin Chinois. Matthew showed why he was the deserved winner of the £3.000 Music at Beaulieu Award 2016, a suitable finale to a thoroughly enjoyable evening of music making.
by Philip Daish-Handy
The 2016 Junior Award was held on the 22nd May 2016.
8 local young musicians competed for the Junior Music at Beaulieu Award on Sunday, 22nd May. Strings, woodwind, brass, voice and harp were all represented.
The competition was held in the lovely acoustic of Beaulieu Abbey where each competitor performed a 5 minute programme of music, followed by a short interview with the panel. Later they all returned to perform again, this time to an invited audience of parents, friends and teachers after which the guest adjudicator, pianist and composer Penelope Thwaites, commented warmly on each performance and announced the prize winners.
The first prize of £500 was awarded to 13 year old violinist, Lewis Lee and the second prize of £250 to clarinetist, Ruby Layram. Marni Lai , the youngest performer who played both piano and harp was specially commended.
This competition takes place annually and details are to be found on the website: beaulieu.org.uk. Later this month advanced musicians will compete for the main award which, with a first prize of £3000 and a second prize of £1000, is one of the most generous awards available for aspiring musicians.
Lewis will join with competitors from the main award to perform in the gala concert in Beaulieu Abbey on Saturday, 25th June.
This is a glorious celebration of local musical talent - an event not to be missed!
by Helen Woodgates