This year’s Junior Woodwind Prize was held on Thursday 25th April and was adjudicated by local clarinettist, Hollie Whittles. The junior class was for students working up to Grade 6 on their respective instruments.
The following prizes were awarded:
First Prize - Jesse Mattinson (Rb 3) - Saxophone
Highly Commended - Michael Hoare (I 3) - Saxophone
Commended - Ben Higgins (S 3) - Saxophone
The Intermediate Prize was held on Tuesday 30th April and was adjudicated by Matthew Jones, freelance oboist based in Manchester. This class catered for students between Grades 6 and 8.
First Prize - James Plaut (S V) - Saxophone
Highly Commended - Jack Fox (PH IV) - Clarinet
Commended - Harry Cox (RB UVI) - Recorder
The Senior Prize was held on Thursday 2nd May and was adjudicated by Rob Buckland, Principal Saxophone Teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music and freelance saxophonist. This class was for students working at Grade 8 and above. There were some stunning performances and the awards were made as follows:
First Prize: Dorit Hasselberg (UVI EDH) - Clarinet
Highly Commended: Henry Kennedy (I LVI) - Saxophone
Commended: Dominic Craven (Ch UVI) - Saxophone
William Dodson-Wells (SH LVI) - Saxophone was also mentioned as someone with promise.
The evening finished with a performance of a piece written by Rob Buckland himself, which was inspiring for all to watch.