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Monday night saw eight talented Highgate musicians compete for the title of Highgate Young Musician of the Year. More than 30 pupils signed up to perform a movement from a major Concerto, Sonata or Aria for visiting adjudicator; acclaimed violinist Daniel Pioro, during the day. 

The afternoon was taken up by a separate competition, the Bach Prize, to find the best performance of a works by J S Bach. This was awarded to cellist Sarah Henderson for a very mature reading of the famous G major Prelude. 

In the evening, the eight finalists, Damon Falck on piano, clarinettists Samuel Huston and Isobel Sanders, cellists Roberta Sher and Aris Sabetai, violinist Amos Sharp, violist Charis Morgan and vocalist Helen Footman, competed for the title, trophy and opportunity to perform their work with Orchestra in the Summer Term. Adjudicator Zoë Martlew was greatly impressed by the incredibly high standard of performance displayed by all eight finalists and gave praise and valuable feedback to each finalist. Special commendation was awarded to Amos Sharp for his intensely expressive account of Fauré's Violin Sonata, and to Roberta Sher's impassioned interpretation of the Jewish prayer Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch. Clarinettist Samuel Huston was crowned Highgate Young Musician of the Year for a polished, professional performance of the slow movement from Charles Stanford's little known Concerto. Ms Martlew praised his long singing lines and careful pacing that stood out as something truly special in an evening of stellar musicianship by Highgate's finest. 

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