The adjudicators were Laura Jellicoe (Wind) and John Gough (Piano) and they both commented on the exceptional standard of music.
Laura Jellicoe has appeared as Guest Principal with the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO), amongst others. She was appointed Sub-Principal Flute with the RLPO, later spending three years as Acting Principal. In addition to her performing career, she is also a Senior Tutor in Flute at the Royal Northern College of Music.
John Gough is a Tutor in Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He also studied there on an Associated Board Scholarship and was the first pianist to graduate with a First-Class Honours Degree and a Professional Performance Diploma with Distinction in the same year. He won the John Ireland Centenary Piano Competition and has since broadcast many of his works on BBC Radio. He has considerable experience in solo and chamber music playing and, more recently, in song recitals. John has made concerto appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Chamber Orchestra, alongside broadcasts on BBC Radios 2, 3 and Classic FM, also S4C and the BBC.
Both competitions were highly competitive - congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part.
The following were given awards:
1st – Max Darke (saxophone)
Highly Commended – Flora Kanan (oboe)
Commended – Godwin Yuen (oboe)
1st – Edward Pryce (saxophone)
Highly Commended – Natalia Toms (saxophone)
Commended – Jeffrey Li (clarinet)
1st – Jonty Gould (saxophone)
Joint 2nd – Joyce Li (flute), Sheldon Yuen (flute), Nathan Mielczarek (saxophone)
1st – Rohan McCourt
2nd – Oliver Toms
3rd – Godwin Yuen
Highly Commended – Ryan Mupesa
1st – Kanei Nishii
2nd – Athena Yu
3rd – Almaz Razif
Highly Commended – Renee Wong