Penny Adie writes…

Each week, Two Moors Festival artistic director Penny Adie will be here on the blog, letting you all know just what’s been going on down at Festival HQ in Devon.

What a weekend we have had! It was taken up with the first round of the Festival’s Young Musicians Platform Auditions. There were 54 candidates at Grade 7 standard and above, offering a wide range of classical music instruments – from guitar, flute and cello to harp and voice, we heard them all!

Each entrant was asked to perform two contrasting pieces to which an experienced team of adjudicators listened with critical but kindly ears. After each performance the panel would chat in a hugely friendly way offering advice, making encouraging ‘noises and guaranteeing that each player left the studio armed with a gooey chocolate from the Quality Street tin or lollipops and purple hearts from a vast box of sweets (all rather sickly, I might add)!

Inevitably the standard was variable but overall, high. The expectation of the competition is nothing but the best, for which the Festival is well known. From this round, a maximum of 20 candidates are accepted into the final round that takes place in May. The auditions may be nerve-wracking for the eager players, but for the judges, they are exhausting! Every member of the team deserved their glasses of wine to let off steam at the end!

The final round of the Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Competition takes place on Sunday, 3rd May.

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