UK classical music festival fans will be pleased to hear we’re gearing up down here at the Two Moors HQ in the heart of the Devon countryside for the second round of our Young Musicians Platform Competition and can’t wait to hear what the 16 instrumentalists have prepared for us this time.
Taking place on May 3rd, the musicians have to play or sing a 12 minute programme of different pieces, with at least two works included that are (preferably) different to those we heard in the first round earlier this year.
There are some very talented youngsters coming to Barkham to take part, including violinist Hannah Brooks-Hughes, violinist Joel Munday, cellist Felix Stephens, guitarist Lara Taylor and singer Kerenza Hurr. The four winners will each win a cash prize and the chance to perform alongside professional musicians in this year’s Two Moors Festival main two-week event in October.
Our adjudicating panel this time around is Judith Bingham (whom we’ve commissioned to write a song cycle for famous singer Sarah Connolly for next year’s festival!), founder of the Southbank Sinfonia Katharine Berman and acclaimed bassoonist Jo Stark.
Good luck to everyone taking part – and if you’re part of the audience, don’t forget to let us know who your favourites are!