12th May 2017 — George Crawford, aged 13 and in Year 8 at King’s Rochester Preparatory School won the Junior Young Musician of the Year title playing En Irlande by Bozza on the French Horn and classmate Edward Hyde aged 13 was a commended runner up, on the Trombone playing Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant.
The competition was adjudicated by the internationally famous cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who commented 'there must be something happening in the brass department at King’s Rochester!’. Mr Lloyd Webber later tweeted the school thanking them on the terrific standard of brass playing.
In the Senior Young Musician of the Year competition King’s Rochester was represented by George Harrington aged 18 on Tuba, George Hancock aged 18 on Organ and Singer Amelia Chambers aged 18, all students in the Upper Sixth.
Director of Music, Mr Doug McIlwraith commented: “The Musician of the Year competition selects the best musicians from all 40 Woodard Schools. The music on display is of an extremely high standard and to be selected as a finalist is high a accolade but to win it is remarkable”.
King’s Rochester won the Senior Competition in 2014 with Laurence Long playing Organ and is delighted to have now won the Junior Competition too.