Young talent on display at Concerto Competition

Symphony Central Coast will continue to recognise and support emerging talent when it holds its Concerto Competition on Sunday, November 28, at Laycock St Theatre.

The competition is held every two years and is open to all musicians on the Central Coast under the age of 25.

Four performers will feature in this year’s competition – Kimberly Gilbert, Charlotte Brown, Bayden Tham and Kaito Deed.

They have chosen works by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns and Cecil Forsyth and each will perform a movement or movements from a concerto up to 15 minutes in length.

Concertos are works for solo instrument and orchestra and are an opportunity for an outstanding player to show their artistry and virtuosity accompanied by a large orchestra.

These works require great dexterity and musical maturity.

Tham has chosen a cello concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns, a composer perhaps better known for The Carnival of the Animals and his mighty ‘Organ’ Symphony.

His First Cello Concerto is tremendously demanding for soloists and has become a great favourite of the great virtuoso cellists.

Gilbert will perform a piano concerto also by Saint-Saëns, his second, written in only 17 days.

The work opens with an introspective, deeply reverent improvisation but is soon followed by beautiful turns of phrase and diversions.

Deed has selected the famous Violin Concerto of Mendelssohn, one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos in history.

Mendelssohn wrote this in collaboration with a very accomplished violinist of the day, ensuring its playability and virtuosity.

Brown will perform the first movement of the viola concerto by Cecil Forsyth, an English composer also known for a series of books on music.

This impressive concerto by Forsyth, himself a viola player, really shows off the instrument to great effect.

All four works will give the soloists an opportunity put their musical development and virtuosity on display.

Madeleine Easton, from The Bach Akademie, will adjudicate for the first prize of $1500, sponsored by Rotary Club of Terrigal and audience members are encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice award of $500, also sponsored by Rotary Club of Terrigal.

Both prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the concert and the winners will be invited to perform with Symphony Central Coast in 2022.

Attendees will need to present proof of vaccination at the entry and online and phone bookings only will be accepted – with no door sales.

Dine and Discover vouchers can be redeemed either using the online system or via phone booking.

Ticket details on the Symphony Central Coast website.

Media release, Nov 9
Symphony Central Coast

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