Student trumps competition

BMus student Charlie Cooper (right) with adjudicator Simon Cox

Third-year BMus student Charlie Cooper has won the Alfred Corfield Trumpet Prize 2023.

Adjudicator Simon Cox awarded the prize to Charlie for his brilliant performance of works by Viviani, Neruda and Brandt during the recent competition final in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s (RBC) Bradshaw Hall.

Fourteen students entered this year’s competition, which was open to all RBC trumpet players.

The prize was first won by Visiting Lecturer, RBC alumnus and former Associate Head of Brass Andrew Stone-Fewings in 1988.

Interim Head of Brass Edward Jones said: “Massive congratulations to Charlie, who delivered a highly accomplished performance in the final. The adjudicator acknowledged that the standard of playing this year was incredibly high, and picking a winner was no easy task.

“Charlie’s fellow finalists Jules White, Crispin Brown and Treve Benney are all to be commended for their brilliant performances.”

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