More than 50 musicians from across the globe competed in The Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition (known locally as ‘The Bromsgrove’) earlier this month.
Almost 300 guests watched in awe as 22-year-old pianist, Luke Jones performed pieces by Rachmaninov and Medtner to scoop the top prize of £6,000 courtesy of The Bromsgrove, plus a number of performance opportunities organised by the competition’s committee. Luke is an alumnus of Chetham’s School of Music and is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under Professor Dina Parakhina. His performances as a soloist have taken him all over the world, including some that have been broadcast on Italian, British and Slovenian media.
The two other finalists, Lewis Banks (saxophone) and Irena Radic (piano), were awarded finalists’ prizes of £3,000 each.
The recipient of the Sir John Manduell Prize (£1,000), named after The Bromsgrove’s late president, was given to Polish-born Bartosz Glowacki (classical accordion) for Victor Vlasov’s Archipelago Gulag 1st and 2nd movements. The Accompanists’ Prize (£1,000) went to Kaoru Wada.
Hosted annually, the competition is open to talented instrumentalists and singers of any nationality aged between 18 and 25* (*28 for singers). The new adjudicators for 2018 comprised of Meurig Bowen (Chairman of Adjudicators), Sarah Bruce and Roderick Williams OBE.
Ian Morris, Chairman of the Bromsgrove, commented: “The 2018 competition was an outstanding success. The standard of musicianship was incredible and of world-class quality. The three finalists, all of whom had been selected by the Adjudicators from the 15 semi-finalists, were phenomenal; however, it was Luke Jones who had an extra special spark that captured the attention of the panel and indeed our audience members. We are sure that all our finalists and prize winners will have very successful careers in the music industry.”
Preparations for next year’s competition, its 39th year, are already underway. The event will be hosted in the magnificently refurbished Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School, with the preliminary rounds from 9-11 April, the semi-final on 12 April and the finalists’ concert on Saturday 13 April 2019. The general public can keep up to date with all the latest news on The Bromsgrove’s website at www.bromsgrovecompetition.com