NTU Music's Vocal and Instrumental competitions 2016

NTU Music hosted two fantastic music competitions last week which showcased the talent we have at NTU.

Congratulations to all those who took part in NTU Music's Vocal and Instrumental Competitions last week. Both competitions took place in the beautiful setting of the Arkwright building and showcased the fantastic talent we have at NTU.

Vocal Competition

On Thursday 11 February 2016, 11 NTU students took part in the Vocal Competition, competing for first, second and third place. All singers were of a very high standard, which proved particularly hard for the adjudicators. Professional opera singer Benjamin Cahn had the task of judging each student's very different singing and performance styles.

Each performer sang two contrasting songs of their choice. Songs ranged from Mozart’s 'Vedrai Carino' to 'If We Hold On Together' by Diana Ross. Benjamin Cahn gave fantastic constructive feedback to each of the performers, commenting on the difficulty of only being able to place three students.

His decision ultimately came down to who he would want to hear perform again. He placed second year Criminology student Chris Brown in third place, whose performance of the 1950s mining song 'Sixteen Tons' was one of the highlights of the night. In second place was first year student Ella Josey, who sang two contrasting songs by the Broadway composer Andrew Lippa. Ella’s vocal range and performance style particularly impressed Benjamin. First place was awarded to second year Business Management student Ciaran Edgeworth, who also placed third in last year's Vocal Competition. It was Ciaran’s tone and song choices that won Benjamin over.

Instrumental Competition

The following day, the NTU Instrumental Competition got underway. Eight NTU students took part in this year’s competition, and yet again it was a difficult evening for the adjudicator Paul Nevins, who had to choose three students for first, second and third place.

Like the Vocal Competition, each competitor performed two contrasting pieces. It was a fantastically diverse competition, with two saxophonists, two pianists, two percussionists, an electric guitarist and one euphonium player all performing their chosen pieces to an extremely high standard.

Paul Nevins, who has played the trumpet in the Hallé Orchestra and the English and Welsh National Operas, gave informative and constructive feedback to each of the competitors and, similarly to Benjamin Cahn, also commented on the difficulty of only being able to place three students.

His decision went to three instrumentalists of different genres. For third place he chose electric guitar player Junaid Ahmed, who performed an electrifying version of Pachelbel’s Canon. Second place went to percussionist Alejandro Maireles who performed two thrilling pieces on the timpani and the marimba. In first place, Paul chose saxophonist and Vocal Competition third place winner, Chris Brown, who impressed Paul Nevins with his tone and confident performance.

Both evenings were a great success and demonstrated once again the talent we have at NTU.

Take a look at the pictures from both competitions on the NTU Music Facebook page.

NTU Music's Vocal and Instrumental competitions 2016

Published on 16 February 2016
  • Category: Culture; Music

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