As part of their prize from the Brighton Phil, last year’s Springboard Festival winners Berniya Hamie and Natasha O’Flynn chose to attend the Brighton Phil’s rehearsal at Brighton Dome on Sunday 11 February 2018 and met guest conductor Howard Shelley.
Natasha was accompanied to the rehearsal by her piano teacher, and grandmother, Nicola Grunberg, and a fascinating family connection to Howard Shelley was revealed. Nicola studied piano with Lamar Crowson at the Royal College of Music alongside Hilary Macnamara, Howard Shelley’s future wife.
Following her wonderful performances in the Piano and Concerto sections at Springboard last year Hazel Nguyen is set to represent Springboard in two forthcoming events.
She will be playing Hummel’s Piano Concerto with the Brighton Youth Orchestra as part of the Brighton Festival and will compete in the Emanuel Trophy Competition at the North London Festival of Music and Dance on 21 April.
Eleanor Voak, Springboard Most Promising Woodwind Player, treated us to an inspired performance of recorder music, including haunting birdsong, which the adjudicator, Rosanna Whitfield, said transported her to a rainforest!
We were saddened to hear of the death of cellist and teacher, Caroline Brown. Caroline managed the Old Market Arts Centre in Hove for many years where Springboard Festival was based. She also ran the Hanover Band.
We are delighted that two winners selected from last year’s Springboard Festival are to take part in the Regional Championship of the Rotary Young Musicians Competition on 25 February. Berniya Hamie will be playing piano and Milan Beckett, cello.
Springboard has been following the progress of Leah who has entered the Festival for the last three years. She plays flute, piccolo, bassoon and piano and has been a Springboard winner in the Woodwind & Brass section.
Leah’s mother wrote to us recently that “Springboard was always the special one for us because it was there, when Leah had not been playing flute long, that an adjudicator asked if Leah has considered taking an audition at a junior conservatoire. She was not technically brilliant then but the adjudicator must have seen something in her. Encouraged by this, Leah was motivated to start thinking about music much more seriously.
We are not from a family with a musical background so we were just happy she was playing music but we didn’t know how good she was or how to direct her in the right direction. We are pleased that someone picked up her talents back then.
Here we are, a few years on, Leah is studying at Junior Royal Academy of Music in London and seriously thinking about music as her future career. She is already performing in many care homes, hospices as a volunteer and church concerts to raise funds for Africa and is auditioning for senior conservatoires next autumn.”
Springboard has teamed up with Rotary in Brighton & Hove to seek out talented players to be nominated for the Rotary District-level stage of the Rotary Young Musician Competition. The heats (District/Regional) and the National Finals will take place in the year following the Festival.
The performer must:
be under 17 years of age on 31 August following the Springboard in which they are nominated and
have scored 90 marks or more for at least one performance in Springboard.
Six instrumentalists meeting the above criteria with the highest sc
ores for a performance in a class in the Woodwind & Brass, Strings, Piano, Guitar or Concerto sections will be nominated to compete in the District-level competition in February of the following year. In the event of a tie, the
average marks across all classes entered in the relevant sections of that year’s Springboard Festival will be taken into account.Up to two vocalists in the Singing section, who meet the above criteria, will be nominated
to compete in the District-level competition in February of the following year.