Sixth Form pupil, Janice Ng, recently competed at the finals of the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year at Pittville Pump Room. The evening consisted of five impressive fifteen minute recitals on saxophone, clarinet, oboe and two on piano. The age range varied from 14 to 20 and so Janice was the second youngest performer.

Janice played a challenging programme: Bach Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, the final movement of Haydn’s Sonata in C Major and ended with the fiendish Third Sonata by Prokofiev. Janice gave a very fine performance, all by memory, and appeared to be totally at home on the concert platform. Director of Music, Helen Porter, said, “The Bach was polished and refined with beautiful voicing in the fugue. The Haydn sparkled, with Janice conveying the wit and humour of this piece.” The audience seemed particularly impressed by the Prokofiev, with its more obvious virtuosity and Janice demonstrated full command of the instrument, bringing out an array of different colours.

The competition was won by the saxophonist, Lydia Kenny. Janice commented, “It was a delight to be able to perform among such brilliant young musicians. I really enjoyed hearing their talents on a range of different instruments”.