National Concert for High Achievers
An audience of 300 gathered on Wednesday 8 March to listen to the musicians taking part in our first National Concert for High Achievers. We were delighted that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was able to be present at this very special occasion, in his role as President of the Associated Board. His Royal Highness presented certificates at the close of the concert before going backstage to meet all of the performers individually.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales meeting performers after the concert. From left to right: Mazdak Sanii; Jennifer Pike; Jack Furness; Alexander Shannon; Sandra Stor; Nicola Bready.
The performers, representing all ages and all grades, were selected from the 300,000 plus candidates who took exams in the UK during 1999. Initially, 50 were asked to audition in Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester and London, before a final 23 were chosen to perform at the concert. The new Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, provided a wonderful setting
and we are grateful to the Opera House for giving us the use of the theatre.
The concert provided a marvellous opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of those taking part, but it was also a chance to celebrate the achievements of all candidates who attain their own individual goals through success in an Associated Board exam.
Elen Hydref Thomas
Ridge Danyers Brass Quintet (Advanced Ensemble) Charles Lemay (Grade 1 Tuba) Clare Mohan (Grade 2 Violin) Mark Isherwood (Grade 2 Bassoon) En Liang Khong (Grade 3 Piano) Jonathan Geyevu (Grade 3 Jazz Piano) Constance Grieve (Grade 4 Piano) Danielle Audley- Wiltshier (Grade 5 Cornet) Elen Hydref Thomas (Grade 5 Harp) Nicola Bready (Grade 1 Jazz Piano) Sandra Stor (Grade 1 Jazz Piano) Alexander Shannon (Grade 6 Oboe) Jack Furness (Grade 7 Cello) Jennifer Pike (Grade 7 Violin) Mazdak Sanii (Grade 7 French Horn) Michal Cwizewicz (Grade 8 Violin) Gerard Collet (Grade 8 Singing) Ronan Collet (Grade 8 Singing) Julian Bliss (Advanced Certificate Clarinet) Bobby Chen (ABRSM Scholar Piano)
Forthcoming High Scorers’ Concerts
26 May Plymouth
10 June Bangor
7 July Bromley