Clarinet skills win over judges in competition

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Excellence once again shone through with the finalists concert for the West Suffolk Young Musician competition.

This year the winner was Liliana Luongo from County Upper School who wowed judges with her performance of Messager’s Solo de Concours for clarinet.

Liliana, 18, has just completed her A-levels and is going to study music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.

The winer of the Level 2 section of the competition was 12-year-old cellist Rebecca Francis from St James Middle School who played Romberg’s Sonata in E minor, 1st movement, and Salut d’Amour by Elgar.

Liliana received £100 of music vouchers from John Balaam along with the winner’s shield and a cup. Rebecca received £50 music vouchers which were donated by Bury St Edmunds Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Each finalist was also awarded a £25 voucher donated by Music Sales Group.

A large and appreciative audiemce was at the concert including St Edmundsbury Borough councillors Andrew Speed and Julia Wakelam.

Chairman of the organising committee, Lois Hinsley, said: “It was fantastic to see so many talented young musicians aged from 11 to 18 walk onto the stage and perform with such confidence and assurance.

“The atmosphere in the Apex was so supportive and it felt as though everyone in the audience was with each musician, willing them on.”

The final of the West Suffolk Young Jazz Musician is at the Hunter Club on July 17.