Young virtuosi take to the stage

Published: 20 October 2010 at 09:45

Young and talented musicians set to play concert in Cambridge

Three of the region’s most talented young musicians will perform in a concert at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Friday 29 October.  The three were all Finalists in the Cambridge Young Musician of the Year 2010, a competition that attracted entries from over 100 young people.

The performers will include the overall winner, cellist Victoria Nicoll, who at 12-years-old is the youngest person to win the competition. Victoria beat off competition from musicians up to 18 years of age, to become Cambridge Young Musician of the Year 2010 at the Finals in March.

Victoria will play the final movement from the Elgar Cello Concerto – one of the most poignant and beautiful works of the cello repertoire – at the concert in Anglia Ruskin University’s Mumford Theatre. She will also play a movement from the Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano by Rachmaninov.

Competition judge Michael Young said:

"Victoria had a very special talent and shows musical maturity beyond her years in playing with such authority and panache. She has a wonderful tone and technical command, but more importantly a gift for communication with the audience."

Victoria lives in Great Wilbraham and started playing the cello at the age of 5. She travels to the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in London on Saturdays to be taught by Alexander Boyarsky. In 2009 she was awarded the Marguerite Swann Prize for gaining the highest mark in the Grade 8 cello exams of that year.

Two other Competition Finalists will play at the concert – 17-year-old clarinettist Poppy Beddoe of Great Orwell and 15-year-old pianist Damian Thompson of Cambridge. Poppy, winner of the competition’s 16-18 Wind Class, will perform a movement from Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata as well as Première Rhapsodie by Debussy. Damian, who won the 13-15 Piano Class, will play a selection of Preludes by Debussy and Chopin.

Clare Gilmour, Secretary of Cambridge Youth Music, the organisers of the Cambridge Young Musician of the Year, said:

"We are delighted that Anglia Ruskin University are giving some of our winners a platform to perform. They are all incredibly talented and I would urge people to come and hear them if they can."

The concert is part of Anglia Ruskin University’s Lunchtime Concert series. The concert starts at 1.10 pm and admission is free.