The Norfolk Young Musician Competition 2018 was won by 19 year old pianist Archie Bonham from Wells next the Sea. Archie is reading music at York University and presented a programme of Brahms, Szymanowski and Beethoven to become the 25th Norfolk Young Musician.

Second Prize was awarded jointly to flautists Megan Storer aged 20 from Gorleston, who is studying at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and Leila Hooton aged 18 from Norwich, who is at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Third prize was awarded to 15 year old singer Scott Ribbons from Lynn Grove Academy, Gorleston. The Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music prize for the most promising young wind player went to 20 year old oboist Chloe Peterson who is reading music at Birmingham University, and the Mrs E Sturgeon Piano Prize was awarded to 10 year old Ellice Zhifei Chen from Norwich High School.

Run by the Michael Badminton Musicians Trust which is celebrating its 20 year anniversary, the renowned international cellist Alexander Baillie adjudicated the competition which attracted 15 young musicians from across the county. The Trust’s chairman Jonathan Wortley commented that it was very encouraging to have so many competitors, ranging in age from 10 to 20, of such a high standard and across all disciplines. He said there was no doubt they will all have benefitted from the informed and constructive comments from a performing musician of the calibre of Alexander Baillie.

Congratulations to all of the performers!

Find out more about the Norfolk Young Musician Competition here.