From 2 to 6 May, I was a jury member for the Tunbridge Wells International Music Compeition held at Mayfield School as part of the Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts. With Levon Chilingirian, David Strange, Angela Malsbury, Benjamin Frith and Ian Fountain we enjoyed many excellent performances in our piano, wind and string rounds before combining for the semifinals and finals. The winners of each section were:
Piano: Ryan Drucker (winner); Jinah Shim (2nd prize); Andrei Iliushkin (3rd prize)
Strings: Toby Hughes, double bass (winner); Joy Lisney, cello (2nd prize); Ray Liu, violin (3rd prize)
Wind: Matt Glendening, clarinet (winner); Emma Halnan, flute (2nd prize); James Gilbert, clarinet (3rd prize)
The section winners provided us with a thrilling final which in the end resulted in Toby Hughes winning the competition and the audience prize: a clear indication of this exceptional player. Congratulations to Toby.