Pianist wins Young Musician award

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The ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition organised by Milton Keynes Music Service has been won by 18-year-old pianist Hannah Slavin.

Hannah wowed the audience by playing the ‘Rhapsody no.2 in G minor’ by Brahms. Hannah received the trophy from last year’s winner, violinist Emily Mowbray.

With the support of MK Rotary Clubs the council run Milton Keynes Music Service held the event at the Chrysalis Theatre, Willen, where a selection of the borough’s finest young musicians were eager to lay their hands on the trophy.

The esteemed panel of judges- John Witchell (recently retired head of the National Federation of Music Services), Paul Fensom (Head of Brent Music Service) and Elizabeth Bancroft (local head teacher and member of the award-winning local brass band MK Brass) was thrilled at the high standard of playing and the decision was not an easy one to make.

Coming close as a runner up was flautist James Westlake aged 17. The other finalists were Hannah Dixon (Oboe), Iona Manley (violin), Robert Grinyer (cello), Alex Grinyer (French Horn) and Jordan Choy (piano). These were ably accompanied at the piano by Craig Greene, a former student at the Music Service.

Whilst the judges were making their decision, entertainment was provided by one of the Music Service’s senior ensembles, the Advanced Jazz Band directed by Tim Nightingale.

Head of Service, David Rose, said: “This was a marvellous opportunity for our students to showcase their talents.

“Many of these students will have learnt to play their very first notes with Milton Keynes Music Service teachers and we are delighted that the Rotary Club has recognised their musicality and their hard work, by supporting this event.”

To learn more about the musical activities and lessons available through Milton Keynes Music Service, visit their website, www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/Music_Service.