BPO Concerto Competition winners

BMus student Alex Wyatt

The final of the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) Concerto Competition was held in the Bradshaw Hall on Sunday 17 March. This event is a partnership between RBC, BPO and the Ludlow Philharmonic Prize Fund. It offers three RBC students the opportunity to perform a concerto with the orchestra.

The three finalists were AdvPgDip student Dekai Liu, playing the Haydn D major Cello Concerto; Master’s student Chen-Yu Lin (Nina), who played the Euphonium Concerto by Karl Jenkins; and BMus student Alex Wyatt playing Rakhmaninov’s First Piano Concerto.

The BPO was conducted by Michael Lloyd in the three concertos, and by student conductor Tommaso Nista in two Slavonic Dances by Dvorak.

The adjudicator was alumnus and conductor Simon Chalk, who had the task of choosing between three outstanding performances. On the day, he chose Alex as a worthy winner, a decision that seemed to be approved by both the orchestra and the audience.

Congratulations to Alex and to the two runners-up.

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