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Flautist wins Gregynog young musician competition
Chloe-Angharad Bradshaw being presented with the Peter Garbett-Edwards trophy by Monica Garbett-Edwards.
Chloe plays flute with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

The winner of the 2010 Gregynog Young Musician of the year competition is a flautist from South East Wales.

Chloe-Angharad Bradshaw, 16, of Hengoed scooped the £1,000 prize and the Peter Garbett-Edwards trophy at Gregynog on Saturday, 24 April.

The judges said that Chloe gave 'a musical presentation, with outstanding passages' for her chosen pieces by Bach and Bassini.

All four finalists in this year's competition came from Wales.

I've met some wonderful musicians and I've felt very looked after and I've just loved every minute of it.
Chloe-Angharad Bradshaw

The events is recognised as one of the key competitions of its type in the UK. Young musicians submitted their entries to the judging panel via CD back in February.

The event was open to any instrumentalist under the age of 18, at the standard of Grade 8 or equivalent.

Awards

Of those, 14 were chosen to perform live in front of three adjudicators; pianist Vanessa Latarche, cellist Louise Hopkins and oboeist David Theodore.

Previous winners
2009: Steffan Morris (cello)
2008: Julia Hwang (violin)
2007: Glain Dafydd (harp)
2006: Helen Pugh (piano)
2005: Cai Isfryn (trumpet)

The top-ranking four young musicians then performed in an evening concert followed by presentation of the awards.

Chloe plays flute with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and hopes to pursue a career as a professional flautist.

She said: "Competing at Gregynog was a brilliant experience, everyone has been so friendly.

Instrumentalists

"I've met some wonderful musicians and I've felt very looked after and I've just loved every minute of it."

Harpists Tomos Xerri, 18, of Cardiff, who is studying at Eton College, and Rhianwen Pugh, 18, of Dolgellau, taught by Elinor Bennet, were awarded second and third places respectively

Violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones, 11, of Cardiff, came fourth.

The Gregynog Young Musicians is a major UK competition for instrumentalists under the age of 18.

This year's finalists again represented a diverse range of instruments; violin, cello, oboe, clarinet, flute, baritone horn, harp, piano and guitar and they come from all over the UK, including London, Berkshire, Lancashire, Hereford, Shropshire and many areas of Wales.

This year's Gregynog Festival is held between Tuesday, 8 June and Monday, 21 June.

The adjudicators, pianist Vanessa Latarche, cellist Louise Hopkins and oboeist David Theodore noted that there were four very different musicians on stage, of different ages, playing different instruments and that therefore their decision had been a difficult one to make.




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