Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Competition 2019
Entries for The Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Competition 2019 are now being accepted for up to 60 talented young musicians aged 18 years and under. Auditions take place in March and May 2019 at a venue deep in the glorious Devon countryside, just 10 minutes from J27 of the M5.
20 musicians are invited through to the finals and, to add as much value to this learning experience as possible, the panel will give each of them an individual masterclass following their audition.
THE FOUR WINNERS perform in their own concert at the prestigious Two Moors Festival in October 2019.
Click the following links for more information and an entry form.
Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Competition 2018
Unusually, this was a one round competition this year as the first round in March was cancelled due to snow. We had a glorious weekend listening to a wide range of talented young musicians from all over the South West, in this new (to us) and incredibly beautiful setting of Middle Coombe Farm. The promising and talented competitors were present ranged in age from eleven to eighteen. Our panel of adjudicators was chaired by singer Ana-Maria Rincom and also comprised pianist Philip Fowke, violist Elizabeth Turnbull and flautist Jonathan Rimmer.
The winners were Maddie Perring aged 16, mezzo soprano, from Wells Cathedral School, Adam Cole aged 13, double bass, from Exeter School, Katie Bunney aged 17, saxophone, from Hardenhuish School, Wiltshire and Ivan Babichev aged 13, piano, from Plymouth School of Creative Studies.
Please do come and support these four worthy winners at their concert at the Two Moors Festival on Sunday 14th October, 2018 at All Saints' Church, Dulverton at 3pm. For more information and booking, click here.
About the Competition
The Two Moors Festival's Young Musicians Platform Competition began in 2002, when the Festival was still in its infancy. Artistic Director Penny Adie quickly realised that there were very few performance opportunities for enthusiastic young musicians living in the South West, so she came up with the idea of finding four under-nineteen year olds who could share a concert in the main Festival and also receive some prize money as a contribution towards their studies.
The panel has always comprised three or four experienced professional musicians including Philip Fowke, Melanie Ragge, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Robert St John Wright to name but few.
Over the years the standard and the prestige of the competition has risen enormously. Entries now come from as far afield as Gloucester, Bournemouth and Truro and usually total around fifty for the first round. Approximately half this number is taken through to the final round. The concert in October offers a chance for all four winners - the stars of the future - to give an individual fifteen minute performance in front of a paying audience.
Winners from previous years have gone on to further successes: violinist Anna Im, was a Category Finalist in 2012’s BBC Young Musician of the Year, as was clarinettist, Jordan Black in 2007. Some very young candidates have been "nurtured" and, though unsuccessful at first, have been encouraged to come back the next year. Soprano Matilda Wale was so bowled over by the friendly feel of the competition and the in depth feedback she received from the panel, that she came back five times before winning in 2017. The atmosphere has always been relaxed, with a number of "seasoned" competitors saying that these auditions offer an environment that really helps and encourages them to give of their best.
Previous winners and finalists
Matilda Wale (winner 2017, voice) from New College, Swindon
Ellen O'Brien (winner 2017, french horn) from The Castle School, Thornbury
Poppy Freya McGhee (winner, 2017 violin) from Hugh Sexey Middle School, Wedmore. Since performing in the Winners Concert at Dulverton in October. Poppy has been awarded The Robert Lewin Scholarship for Awards for Young Musicians at The Royal Northern College of Music. She was guest soloist for the Royal British Legion Remembrance Day Concert in Wells. In 2018 she will perform in a series of concerts with The Syrinx Ensemble headed by Martin Gatt and she will also be playing in the main orchestra for the NCO.
Joseph Pritchard (winner 2017, cello) from Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey
Hannah McFarlane (winner 2016, cello) who went through to the Cataegory auditions of the BBC Young Musician of the year Competition.
Theo Bently-Curtin (finalist 2015, piano) is in the National Youth Orchestra this year playing cello.
Fergus Mcready (finalist 2017, oboe) is also in The National Youth Orchestra this year on Oboe
Oliver Kinsella (winner 2016, guitar) has achieved Distinction in his Grade 8 Classical guitar exam. He has since won a generous scholarship and is happily studying at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with its incredible new building . He is loving being immersed in music every day and has made a happy and determined decision to pursue a career in music.
Joel Munday (winner 2016, violin) has recently won the Peter Morrison Concerto Competition at RCM junior dept and will perform the Korngold Violin Concerto with RCMJD Symphony Orchestra in March. In September he will begin a degree course at RCM.
We love to hear news from our previous competitors, so please do keep me updated and I will add you to the website. Thank you, and please do contact me if you would like more information or to send me your news,
Sarah Fletcher, Young Musicians Coordinator
Comments from candidates following their auditions
"I have been given useful feedback that will improve my standard of playing. It was a friendly, welcoming environment. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play in this beautiful setting."
"I thoroughly enjoyed performing for such an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and warm panel and gained so much from it. I couldn’t stop talking about how marvellous everyone had been and how much I had learned! So, thank you for making it such a fabulous experience."
"I am thrilled to be one of the Young Musician Winners this year! Every year, Two Moors becomes warmer and warmer. The atmosphere is ambitious yet intimate, creating an incredible space for music-making. I have returned for five years now, as the panel have always been so encouraging and their critiques positive and constructive.”
"I found the competition very friendly and an enjoyable experience. The feedback from the first round was very positive and useful and helped me prepare for the next round as well as other performances. It was the first time I had played with a different accompanist and I would not hesitate to do this again. Thank you very much."
"The Two Moors Young Performers Platform, is everything that you could wish for in a competition for young people. The setting is almost magical, and the atmosphere has what I consider to be a 'family feel'. This was Poppy's third year with you, and she was so excited to be back again in Exmoor. For Poppy, It has never been about the winning, but about the experience, and the people that make it all happen. Poppy has always been made to feel really welcome and the performing has never felt scary because the environment is so nurturing. The sweets are a lovely touch too!"
Mother of Poppy McGhee
“The Young Musicians Platform was so beneficial for me. Many competitions for young musicians can now appear quite daunting and scary, but the Two Moors competition was totally the opposite. The adjudicators were very friendly, helpful with their feedback and not intimidating in the slightest. Above all, the performance oppurtunity was hugely appreciated and I can’t wait to perform in the festival later this year!”