St Piran's hosts young musicians' competition

James Harrison

A contest has been held to find the top young musician in the area.

The annual Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians’ Competition was held on Sunday at St Piran’s School, in Gringer Hill.

The prize, the chance to play a concerto with the orchestra during its 2017–2018 season, was fought out between nine contestants, including one from Japan and another from Ukraine.

The victor, in first place, was 17-year-old pianist Rebecca Leung, who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Department.

Runner-up was Japanese violinist Mikako Shimatani, a pupil at the Purcell School of Music, in Watford, while trombonist Joshua Blows, 17, and bassoonist Emily Ambrose, 12, both received special commendations.

Next year’s contest has been scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 8.

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