The 2020 Concerto Competition has fallen victim to inevitable cancellation due to the virus issue. It is intended to re-schedule it around the same time next year.
The 2018 Concerto Competition was held in the Silk Hall, Radley College (by kind permission) on Sunday 22 April. The adjudication panel was composed of Remus Azoitei (strings), George Caird (wind) and Ian Jones (piano), chaired by Alexander Walker (Musical Director, Abingdon and District Music Society). Out of a strong field of fourteen highly talented young soloists, the panel awarded joint first place to Leo Appel for his dynamically and tonally modulated performance of the first movement of Walton’s Violin Concerto, and to Claire Edmiston for an outstanding performance of the technically very demanding first movement of Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. Runners-up were Leo Strelle (2nd & 3rd movements of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto) and Christina Stuart (1st & 3rd movements of Schumann’s Cello Concerto).
Congratulations to them, and thanks to all the participants for their excellent playing, to the adjudicators for their illuminating comments, to Rosemary Joseph for masterminding the event, and to Anthony Williams and Radley College for their hospitality.
Leo Appel played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Abingdon & District Music Society Orchestra to warm acclaim from a packed house, and the Bruch Concerto with Didcot Concert Orchestra.
Claire Edmiston played the Reinecke Flute Concerto with ADMS orchestra.
Christina Stuart rehearsed the Grieg Piano Concerto, and Leo Strelle the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, with ADMS Orchestra.