Congratulations to the Astatine Trio

The Astatine Trio – pianist Berniya Hamie, violinist Julia Błachuta and cellist Riya Hamie – was formed by three award-winning young musicians at the Royal College of Music in 2021.  Berniya and Riya are both former winners of Springboard.
They have just won the First Prize 🥇 at The International Virtuoso & Belcanto Chamber Music Competition in Lucca, Italy.
Congratulations to them all!
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Astatine Trio (right), Cong Quartet (front). Photo by Peter Adamik.

Heather Cowl

Heather Cowl presenting the Doris Waymark Trophy to Didi Murray-Brown

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Piano Section Secretary, Heather Cowl.

Heather was involved with Springboard for many years and was an invaluable member of the Piano Section respected for her knowledge, passion and sense of humour.

She will be greatly missed.


Congratulations to Riya Hamie, former winner of Springboard’s Corin Long Recital class, who has won the Peter Morrison Concerto Competition at the Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCMJD) playing the monumental Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor.  Read more here.

Brenock O’Connor – inspiring the next generation

We are delighted to announce that Brenock O’Connor, who has taken part in Springboard for many years, is to become a patron of Springboard.
He has worked on productions such as Game of Thrones, The Bromley Boys, Dickensian and has recently finished shooting the second series of Alex Rider for Amazon Prime. His theatre credits include Oliver! (Tour), Plastic (Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath), Goodbye Rosetta (Camden/Edinburgh Fringe) and Sing Street: The Musical (NYTW, original cast). He also performs and produces music under his pseudonym, McGovern.


Timetables for all sections have now been emailed to those making the entries.  The email includes the upload date(s) for your videos.  Please check  your spam folder if it isn’t in your inbox.   Remember to announce your pieces and leave 3 seconds before and after your performance.  

All the information can also be found on the relevant section pages on our website.