Musician of the Year
We were thrilled to be joined by Felix Buxton (LGS 1988) from electronic dance duo Basement Jaxx, Dr Nick Simpson (LGS 1970), Professor Hubert Lacey (LGS 1964) and The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers to watch student musicians compete for the prestigious title of Loughborough Schools Foundation Musician of the Year!
The evening was an extraordinary exhibition of the highest quality solo music making. Each performer had either received 1st or 2nd place in their respective category the previous weekend in competitions with 180 fellow musicians spanning brass, piano, percussion, strings, singing and woodwind. We were delighted to welcome composer Dr Nick Scott-Burt as our adjudicator, and he had a tough job picking the winner.
It was an evening to remember for Felipe, Year 12 at LGS, who gave a breath-taking performance of Nigun by Ernest Bloch on the violin and was later told by Felix Buxton, “Your performance was insane and I’ve got a Brit Award and a Grammy, I ought to know!”
Our overall winner was Year 12 pianist, Ayeka at Loughborough Amherst School (OLCS), for a mesmerising performance of Chopin’s Nocturne in D flat major.
To watch the fabulous performances of both the Junior and Senior Young Musician of the Year Competitions, click on these links:
Junior Young Musician of the Year
Our thanks to The Worshipful Company of Plaisterer’s for generously supporting the Harry Humber Music Scholar, Florence. Harry Humber was a former Master and musician who attended LGS between 1919-24 and went on to have a distinguished career in the building trade.
We spoke to 2 of our brilliant performers about their musical journeys and inspiration.
Ayeka, our overall winner, talks about why she chose Chopin as her piece for the competition, how it felt to win overall and her advice for any student thinking of entering.
To read about Ayeka’s musical journey and inspiration, click here.
Joseph, who played The Dutilleux Flute Sonatine on the flute, talks about how he came to start the flute in year 2, his favourite element of the competition and what he hopes to do after leaving LSF.
To read about Joseph’s musical journey and inspiration, click here.
Felix Buxton (LGS 1988) and his former teacher, John Weitzel, in the William Charles Recording Studio.
The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers visiting Harry Humber’s old school before meeting the Harry Humber Music Scholar, Florence.
Professor Hubert and Sue Lacey learning more about Harry Humber in the LGS archive.