NTU Music Competitions - 2017

Congratulations to all the students who took part in last week’s Vocal and Instrumental Competitions. Both evenings demonstrated the range of talent that we have at the university.

Congratulations to all the students who took part in last week’s Vocal and Instrumental Competitions. Both evenings demonstrated the range of talent that we have at the university.

NTU Vocal Competition

On Thursday 9 February, eleven NTU students took part in the annual NTU Vocal Competition. Each student was required to sing two contrasting pieces of their choice in front of a professional adjudicator.

Director of Music at Nottingham High School, Stefan Reid, had the difficult task of awarding three of the competitors first, second and third place. His comments were exceptionally positive, highlighting the technical ability of all the vocalists as well as their physical performance of their chosen pieces.

Ultimately, the adjudicator’s decision came down to the students who performed well in both of their chosen pieces. He placed final year Criminology student Chris Brown in third place, whose performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Policeman’s Song’ was one of the highlights of the night. In second place was second year student Cameron Walker, who performed two contrasting West End pieces. Cameron’s performance style particularly impressed Stefan. First place was awarded to second year student Ella Josey, who also placed second in last year's Vocal Competition.

NTU 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 David Curtis, 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 featuring a saxophonist, pianist, three percussionists, a classical guitarist and a trumpeter player, all performing their chosen pieces to an extremely high standard.

David Curtis, French Horn tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, gave informative and constructive feedback to each of the competitors and, similarly to Stefan Reid, also commented on the difficulty of only being able to place three students. In third place he chose drummer Harvey Arku, who performed two original compositions. Second place went to flautist and Alumni Award recipient, Beth Martin, whose sense of musical style and tone won David over. In first place, David chose first year clarinetist, Barney Bose, who impressed David Curtis with his technical ability and sympathetic interpretation of the music.

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 Competitions - 2017

Published on 17 February 2017
  • Category: Culture; Music

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