Louis Morford was named winner of The Keith Nutland Memorial Award on Sunday evening after giving a fantastic recital at the Town Hall in Cheltenham. The panel of three adjudicators were all unanimous in their decision in awarding Louis with the prestigious title and £1000 prize money.

The Keith Nutland Award is eligible to any Gloucestershire student in their final year at school who is going on to study Music at University or who is an Oxbridge Choral Scholar. Ironically, the first winner of the competition 24 years ago was Matthew Denton, Louis’ violin teacher and 1st violinist in the Carducci Quartet.

Louis competed against four other musicians – three singers and a pianist. As winner he will be invited to perform a short recital at next year’s International Cheltenham Music Festival. Director of Music, Helen porter, said, “It is quite a remarkable feat that Louis managed to perform his programme just days before undertaking a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto at Commemoration.”

This is the third time in recent years that a Dean Close pupil has won this award: Brenna Tin took the prize in 2015 and Laurence Kilsby in 2017.