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We are delighted to invite you to the Loughborough Schools Music Competitions for 2021/22 for young people from the Midlands. The series of competitions will be held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February 2022. This event is aimed at excellent young musicians from the area who wish to demonstrate their musical skills in front of specialists. There will be cash and voucher prizes, as well as some opportunities for free graded or diploma exam entry.

The Music department of the Loughborough Schools Foundation has held ‘All-Steinway School’ status since 2015 and has recently taken on a partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. We are developing an increasing number of links off-campus, and will be delighted to welcome you in.

The competition will be attended by the following adjudicators:

  • BrassMorgan Griffiths, international euphonium player and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire of Music. Winner of five European Championships, three British Open titles, three All England Masters Championships, a single English Nationals win and several Yorkshire area championships. He also won two soloist awards at the Brass in Concert Championships.
  • PianoNigel Clayton, Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano, Royal College of Music, London. He is a sought-after soloist, chamber musician and accompanist who has performed worldwide
  • StringsAlex Laing, a violinist, conductor, educator and writer who currently holds the post of Artistic Director at the King’s High School in Warwick. He graduated from Cambridge University and Birmingham Conservatoire. He works as a conductor with the Benedetti Foundation and also with NCO as well as founding and directing the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra.
  • PercussionMatt McDonough has an extensive career performing and recording around the world, including for the Disney organisation. He also records for television, music artists and gaming sites, and composes pieces for exam boards. He is also a full-time music teacher at City of London School.
  • SingingGiles Turner is a singer and conductor; he is Director of Music for the Stamford Endowed Schools, Musical Director of Kingfisher Chorale, Director of Cantate Nuovo and Conductor of Burleigh Opera.
  • WoodwindGerard McChrystal, a global performer in over 30 countries who has performed with the Philarmonia, the San Fransisco Ballet Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

All applications must be submitted by Wednesday 12 January 2022.

To apply to participate in the competitions, please fill in the relevant application form and return to Loughborough Music Competitions, Philip Tomlinson Building, Burton Walks, Loughborough, LE11 2DU.

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