Drayton cellist wins Norfolk Young Musician Competition

Norfolk Young Musician of the Year is held at the John Innes Centre.l-r: Murray Chapman, 2nd Prize,

Norfolk Young Musician of the Year is held at the John Innes Centre.l-r: Murray Chapman, 2nd Prize, Judge Paul Phoenix, George Corson, piano, winner special award, Andrew Harsley, cello, 1st place, Dylan Latham, violin, 3rd place and Catherine McCard, violin, special prize winner, - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Talented musicians impressed with their performances at the 23rd Norfolk Young Musician Competition.

Thirteen young people took part in the event at the John Innes Centre on Sunday, and they all received high praise from adjudicator Paul Phoenix, a vocal and performance coach and former member of The King's Singers.

First prize was presented to 19-year-old cellist Andrew Harsley, who is from Drayton and currently studying at the Royal College of Music.

Second prize went to pianist Murray Chapman, a 16-year-old Thorpe St Andrew School pupil who also plays percussion in the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, and third prize went to violinist Dylan Latham, a 15-year-old Norwich School pupil who also attends the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Twelve-year-old Norwich School pupil George Corson won the Mrs E Sturgeon Piano Prize.

The Michael Badminton Prize for the most promising string player was awarded to 11-year-old violinist Catherine McCardel, a Norwich High School pupil and a member of Norfolk County Youth Orchestra.

Murray, Catherine and George are also all Aldeburgh Young Musicians.

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The Norfolk Young Musician Competition, sponsored by Woodbridge Violins, is run by the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust.

Jonathan Wortley, the trust's chairman, praised the musical quality of all the competitors and the encouraging comments they received from the adjudicator.

Anybody interested in receiving information about next year's competition should email astsally@lineone.net

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