George Harrington and Anna Crawford took part in the final of the Medway Young Musician of the Year and both impressed the audience and judges with their assured performances. George won the audience over playing his tuba and the judges commented on how well he introduced his pieces. The audience was particularly impressed with his piece Fnugg which involves singing and beat-boxing at the same time as blowing the tuba!
Anna played the slow movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Allegro Appassionata by Saint-Saëns. These two contrasting pieces demonstrated her ability to play a beautiful and emotional melody and also to play with quick intensity and passion. She was rewarded for her spirited performance by winning first place and did well to beat such stiff competition from the other six finalists.
A King’s pupil has won the first prize in four of the last five years, as well as having two runners up in the finals. We congratulate both George and Anna and wish them well in their future competition finals!