Wednesday, 16 March 2011

2MF Young Musicians Platform Competition - First Round

Last weekend, the the Two Moors Festival hosted the first round of its annual Young Musicians Platform competition. There were four judges on the panel, 2MF Artistic Director Penny Adie, ex-BBC 3 presenter Stephanie Hughes, pianist Suling King and oboist Caroline Adie. On top of these four was a jovial bunch of loyal Festival supporters who listened attentively over the two days of auditions.

Two Moors Festival judges
The 2MF Young Musicians Platform Competition is rather unusual. Bearing in mind that most musicians of any age and standard dread competitions, the Festival has considered what might be most constructive for keen instrumentalists and singers aged 18 and under. In normal circumstances, we force ourselves to slog our guts out in front of an unsmiling panel of terrifying judges, and having poured our hearts into Beethoven or Rachmaninoff, we receive polite silence for our endeavours. Therefore it must have come as a pleasant surprise to the youngsters travelling from across the South West to take part in the 2MF Platform Competition, that they received a hearty applause at the end of each piece. This is not to mention the slab of chocolate also rewarded to everyone for braving the competition platform so eagerly.

The standard for the first round of auditions was high and we look forward to hearing those who made it through to the second round perform in May.

For more information or to apply for next year's competition click here.