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Monday 11 February 2019

Winner of Lord Clyde Concerto Competition Announced

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Violinist announced as winner

After superb performances by 18 students , the Lord Clyde Memorial Prize Concerto Competition drew to a close on Friday with the winner announced as Momo following her rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No 3 in B Minor. As part of her prize, Momo will go on to perform as a soloist at the prestigious Spring Concert which takes place in St Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

The Lord Clyde Memorial Prize is an annual competition and is a highlight in the St Mary’s Music School calendar. Any pupil is welcome to enter and the high number of participants this year presented a tough challenge for adjudicators Mr Paul Stubbings, Director of Music and guest judge Mr Mark Evans, Course Director, at the Music School of Douglas Academy.

After four hours of intense concentration..

Starting at 9am and over an intense few hours, competitors took their audience across centuries and continents with a repertoire that featured Edward Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor; Richard Strauss, Oboe Concerto in D; Mauro Guilani, Guitar Concerto No.1 in A; Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F and Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending. Finally after four hours of concentrated performance, the judges retired and just after 1pm the winner was announced as Momo with her rendition of Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No.3 in B Minor.

Variety of repertoire and instruments are testament to breadth of music tuition at St Mary's

The Lord Clyde Memorial Prize is the most significant prize of the year at St Mary’s Music School and the variety of instruments represented is indicative of the breadth of music provision available to pupils. This year instruments included piano, cello, oboe, accordion, flute, and guitar but students also study saxophone, bagpipes, French horn, clarinet, clarsach, drums, viola and many more. Previous winners of the competition can be found here

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