Jordan Walters Churchill Music Young Musician of the Year 2019 Photo Evan Dawson

The 12th annual Churchill Music Young Musician of the Year competition took place on Monday 28th January at St John’s Church, Churchill. This inspirational event is held in partnership Churchill Academy and is just one example of the valuable partnership between ourselves and the Academy.

The audience was treated to a varied programme by eight of the Academy’s most promising musicians, with works ranging from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century from composers including Handel, Chopin. Telemann, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Kapustin.

The judging panel was chaired this year by Susanna Stranders from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Zoe Maitland-Round and Andrew Tyrrell.  The title ‘Churchill Music Young Musician of the

George Derry – Ursula Dornton Vocal Prize and Audience Prize winner Photo Evan Dawson

Year‘ was awarded to pianist Jordan Walters.  Jordan, held the audience spellbound with his musicality and technical ability.

The Ursula Dornton Vocal Prize – a new award, sponsored by the Trinity Singers in memory of former Churchill Music co-founder and trustee – was awarded to George Derry, who also won the audience prize. George’s spirited rendition of “My Name is John Wellington Wells” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer brought the house down!

The Raymond Hayter Song Prize for the most promising voice was won by Naomi Blowers, whilst the Churchill Music Junior Trophy was awarded to budding ‘cellist Ella Hutchinson.

Ella Hutchinson, Churchill Music Young Musician of the Year Junior prize winner    Photo Evan Dawson

Chris Hildrew, Headteacher, commented “I’m so proud to see our musicians flourishing. It underlines the importance of ensuring music and the arts are kept at the heart of Churchill Academy & Sixth Form’s offer. It is our job to ensure

the commitment of our students to become musicians is supported through our curriculum and extra-curricular activities, ensuring young musicians continue to thrive at Churchill. We thank our ever-present partners, Churchill Music, for these continued opportunities to see our students shine.”

Following the performance, all the students were invited to play at the Young Artists Showcase at St Georges, Bristol.   Churchill Music trustee said, “What a fabulous opportunity for these young musicians. The standard was extremely high again this year.  Churchill Music is passionate about music education and is delighted hear from Chris Hildrew that he shares that passion when he assured us all that whilst he is head teacher music will form an integral part of the ethos of Churchill Academy.  Even the government are gradually realising that music is more than just an extra subject – it is fundamental to a positive learning experience”.