The Chetham’s Concerto Competition grand final will see the young musicians perform in one of the top concert halls in the UK to a panel of leading performers.
11.00: Una – violin
Violin Concerto No.2 in G Minor Op.63 – PROKOFIEV
Allegro, ben marcat
11.30: Rose McConnell – piano
Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb Op.19 – BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio
Rondo: Molto Allegro
12:00: Mabel Dalgleish-King – recorder
Suite for Recorder and Strings – Gordon JACOB
i. Prelude ii. English Dance
iii. Lament iv. Bulesca alla Rumba
v. Pavane vi. Introduction and Cadenza
12.25: Divine Simbanegavi – voice
Aetusa – RESPHIGI
12.45: Anakin – trumpet
Trumpet Concerto in Ab – ARUTUNIAN
1.50: Bing – percussion
Percussion Concerto – Faisal SAY
ii. Rototoms – Timpani
iii. Vibraphone – Campana
iv. Boobams – Marimba
2.20: Lewis – cello
Variations on a Rococo theme op.33 – TCHAIKOVSKY
2.55: Melvin Chan – piano
Piano Concerto No.1 in Eb – LISZT
Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato
3.20: George Hughes – bass trombone
Concerto for Bass Trombone – LEBEDEV
3.35: Louis Mintrim – flute
Dances with the Winds – Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA
Andantino – Moderato
Allegro – Tempo sostenuto – Andante
4.20: Edward – piano
Piano Concerto No.1 – BARTÓK
Allegro moderato – Allegro
4.50: Phoebe Mallinson – trumpet
Trumpet Concerto Op.18 – Oscar BOHME
Andante religioso – Allegretto
Rondo – Allegro Scherzando
5.10: Chenrui – violin
Violin Concerto No.2 in G Ninor Pp.63 – PROKOFIEV
Allegro, ben marcato
Followed by Adjudicators decisions and results at approximately 6pm.
Concerto Final Judging Panel
Lee Reynolds is an award-winning conductor with a reputation for bringing intensity and exceptional detail to his performances. Highlights include a production of Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Best Opera: Sky Arts Awards 2021 & RPS Awards 2021), Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, productions of Rigoletto and Carmen at Opera Holland Park, and La bohème with Welsh National Opera, as well as concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Other notable performances include Britten and Wagner in the new Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, numerous world premières at Glyndebourne and appearances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Dublin Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Kraków, as well as a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Nederlandse Reisopera. Reynolds has an extensive catalogue of recordings which have been lauded in the international press.
Timothy Jackson was born in Preston in 1972. At the age of fifteen, he was awarded a scholarship to study horn and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, and he subsequently continued his studies at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. Timothy was a member of both the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Philharmonia Orchestra before joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Horn in 2011. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the BBC Scottish SO, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia Orchestra, and the RLPO. Timothy is also in demand as a period instrument horn player, both in the UK and abroad, including as soloist in a Gramophone Award-winning recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.1, directed by Trevor Pinnock. He has performed on numerous film soundtracks, including the “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” series, and also as part of the band for BBC TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing.” Timothy is Composer-in-Association with Onyx Brass, and has received commissions from groups as diverse as the Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, the Alison Balsom Ensemble, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the CBSO, the Hallé and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Timothy’s proudest achievement as a composer, however, remains “Eeyore’s March,” written in less than fifteen minutes in order to fulfil a bet. It has gone on to sell over 250,000 copies worldwide, before being chosen to be a part of Faber’s compilation of the 20 best pieces ever to appear on the ABRSM Grade 1 Piano Syllabus.
Margaret Cookhorn is Principal Contrabassoon and Bassoon with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has also played with many of the UK’s leading orchestras. Recently she was invited to play with Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In July 2015 she was soloist at the BBC Proms playing ‘Falling Down’ for Contrabassoon and Orchestra by John Woolrich (CBSO / Andris Nelsons) Margaret has been invited twice to present the BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Inside Music’ and was chosen to be one of BBC Radio 3 ‘New Generation Voices’ in 2019. In July 2020 she was guest host of ‘Sunday Night Scala in the Orchestra’ on Scala Radio. In addition to being the Contrabassoon tutor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Margaret was invited to the National Youth Orchestra of Wales as a Woodwind Tutor and also with Britten Pears Young Artist Programme in Composition and Performance. Currently she is a Trustee of the Derbyshire-based orchestra Sinfonia Viva.
Iyad Sughayer is an inaugural YCAT Concordia Artist. Chosen as ‘One to Watch’ by International Piano Magazine, Iyad’s debut album – Khachaturian Piano Works for BIS Records was described by Gramophone as ‘exhilarating and delivered with perfect clarity’ and ‘an outstanding debut’ by BBC Music Magazine. Nominated as a 2022 Rising Star Artist by Classic FM, Iyad was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) International Auditions in 2021. This autumn BIS release his second album recorded with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Andrew Litton including Khachaturian’s Concerto and Masquerade Suite. During the 2022/23 season he returns to Wigmore Hall, as soloist and chamber musician, and gives recitals in the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham International Piano series, Leicester international Music Festival and Perth Concert Hall. He collaborates with Nicholas Daniel, Jordan Bak and Armand Djikoloum in concerts across the UK, including the Lammermuir Festival, Kettles Yard Cambridge, St. David’s Hall Cardiff, and Leeds International concert series. In 2022 Iyad co-founded and launched a new specialist music school – the Mashrek Academy of Music, with the Mashrek International School in Amman. As soloist Iyad has appeared with leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Cairo and Amman Symphony Orchestras. Iyad studied at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he won the College’s prestigious Gold Medal. He completed his International Artist Diploma at the RNCM in 2019 and in the same year became a City Music Foundation Artist. In 2021 he was made an Associate of the Royal Northern College of Music (ARNCM).