Mila performing during the Evensong celebration, which officially closes the festival, accompanied by David Syrus
Violinist and adjudicatorJane Gordon summarises her thoughts at the end of the finals, before announcing the winner.
Now in its 5th year the award, presented in conjunction with the Barnes Music Society, provides an opportunity for students of Grade 6 standard and above, who either live, attend school or take their instrumental lessons in Barnes (currently SW13 & SW14) to showcase their talent.
Past participants can be seen and heard in the major youth orchestras in London, and even as concerto and recital soloists, and some of them have gone on to study music at leading universities.
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For 2021 we welcomed Jane Gordon as our adjudicator
Described as playing with ‘glowing conviction’ (Financial Times) and a ‘ravishing tone and depth of timbre’ (The Independent), Jane’s expressive and refined performances have won critical acclaim, establishing her as one of the leading violinists of her generation. A wonderfully versatile musician, her musical activities span classical concerti, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music, period instrument performance and play/ directing orchestras from the violin. She is passionate about exploring musical freedom in performance through a holistic approach and gives workshops on performance psychology and health.
British conductor and accompanist David Syrus has been our resident accompanist since 2018. David was Head of Music at The Royal Opera from 1993 to 2017.
The Festival will follow the latest available Covid-19 Government guidelines to ensure all venues, rehearsals, concerts and indeed the BYM competition will be covid secure. We will continue to review and manage potential risks, particularly in response to any changing guidance from the government, and will communicate such changes to our audience, musicians and volunteers.
2020 Winner: Xenia Edwards, violin
Runner up: Tian Hsu, trumpet
Adjudicator: Ashley Solomon
2019 Winner: Charlotte Comon, cello
Runner up: Madeleine Jablonowska, clarinet
Adjudicator: Paul McCreesh
2018 Winner: Calvin Leung, piano
Runner up: Andreana Chan, violin
Adjudicator: Hilary Davan Wetton
2017 Winner: Samuel Tannenbaum, piano
Adjudicator: Ralph Allwood
The Festival will follow the latest available Covid-19 Government guidelines to ensure all venues, rehearsals and concerts will be covid secure. We will continue to review and manage potential risks, particularly in response to any changing guidance from the government, and will communicate such changes to our audience, musicians and volunteers.
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