New singing competition

Dame Felicity Lott Recital Competition:

We are pleased to announce a new competition providing exciting opportunities and prizes for all singers aged 18 years or over, whose principal source of income does not derive from professional solo singing.

Discretionary prizes include possible performance opportunities with Brighton Youth Orchestra, a lunchtime recital at Brighton Unitarian Church, and coaching sessions with Yvonne Patrick, Gary Matthewman, Lesley Anne Sammons, John Hancorn and Dame Felicity Lott herself.

More information on all singing classes and a downloadable syllabus are available here.

Catching up with Brenock O’Connor

Mandy Winder, Speech & Drama Section Secretary writes:

I just happened to be listening to my local Radio Station (Radio Sussex) this September, when my ears pricked up. I knew that voice – it was the lovely Becci Whiteley (The Theatre Workshop and West End Experience Creative Director and Springboard Speech and Drama Teacher).

Brenock O’Connor (centre) at Springboard with a Theatre Workshop Group in 2014

She was being interviewed with Brenock O’Connor – some of you may remember him as one of Becci’s students. Continue reading “Catching up with Brenock O’Connor”

Opportunity to hear Springboard winners perform

Riya Hamie, winner of Springboard’s under 14s Concerto Competition 2019, accompanied by her sister, Berniya (winner of Springboard’s under 19s Concerto Competition and Senior Piano Championship 2019).

Berniya Hamie, winner of Springboard’s under 19s concerto section and Senior Piano Championship 2019, will be performing in the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 10 November.  Her programme will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel.  For more details please use this link.

Berniya and her sister Riya (winner of Springboard’s under 14s concerto section) will also be playing in Brighton at the Chapel Royal on Tuesday 5 November.  Details here.

Lily Petrova, Hannah Hever and Javier Morillas Arques with the Brighton Youth Orchestra

Lily Petrova with Andy Sherwood, Conductor

Congratulations to Lily Petrova (piano), Hannah Hever (clarinet) and Javier Morillas Arques (viola) who played with the Brighton Youth Orchestra on 8 February at St Georges Church, Kemptown.  The orchestra were also joined by five players from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance who sat alongside members of the Youth Orchestra.

Hannah and Javier played Bruch, Concerto for Viola and Clarinet 19 and Lily played Anton Arensky, Fantasia on Ryabinin’s themes.

Springboard Concerto Day is on 31 March at Brighton & Hove High School, Montpelier Road.  Audience is welcomed and tickets are available on the door.


Springboard performers to play with BYO

Brighton Youth Orchestra side by side with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance

Conducted by Andrew Sherwood

Friday 8 February 2019, 7pm

St George’s Church, Kemptown, BN2 1ED

Springboard Festival is delighted to announce an evening with the Brighton Youth Orchestra side by side with selected players from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The concert features prize-winning soloists from the Springboard Concerto Competition, held in association with BYO and open each year to young musicians in Britain under the age of 25. The Springboard winners who will play are Lily Petrova, Hannah Hever and Javier Morillas Arques.

Free tickets for Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

We are very pleased to have been offered some free tickets for Springboard Festival participants and their families and supporters to the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s next concert, which takes place at Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Sunday 20 January at 2.45pm. 

The concert lasts for approximately 2 hours, with a 20-minute interval.
Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and can be
collected on the day of the concert from 2pm onwards.

If you are interested please email
by 5pm on Thursday 17 January stating how many tickets you would like, and how many of those who will be attending are children.

For further information about the concert please use this link:

Thomas Carroll Cello/Director
Prokofiev Symphony No.1 (Classical)
Schumann Cello Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 (Scottish)

Discounted parking (just £6 between 1pm & 6pm) is available at NCP Church Street Car Park. Collect a follow on ticket at the concert from the Car Parking stand in the Dome foyer.


Berniya Hamie plays Chopin

Local pianist Berniya Hamie will be playing Chopin  with the Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble on Saturday, 8 December:  19:30 at  St Luke’s Church, Brighton BN2 0FZ.

She will be performing the slow movement of Chopin’s second piano concerto and his brilliant Andante Spiniato and Grande Polonaise. Definitely not to be missed!

Hazel Nguyen to play with Brighton Youth Orchestra

Guest soloist (Springboard Award Winner) Hazel Nguyen will play Hummel’s Piano Concerto in A minor with Brighton Youth Orchestra this weekend (1 December) at St Martin’s Church, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 3HQ.

The Percussion Ensemble will also be performing using kitchen utensils (!) as well as the choirs with some fantastic festive choral repertoire.

Doors open at 6.30pm.  Further information.