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11 year old Lauren judged "Solihull Musician of the Year" in "Diamond" Concert

By Ian Courts - Posted on 24 September 2013

Solihull Rotary's 11th Music Festival this year hit all the right notes.   150 talented young musicians  entered the competition and took part in various classes for piano, strings, woodwind players and singers.  More than 20 of these young people, all winners in their own categories, delighted a packed hall at Alderbrook School, at the final Grand Concert of Class Winners. A variety of vocal and instrumental pieces were heard, ranging from a charming rendition of "Castle on a Cloud" from les Miserables", to very tricky piano works by Liszt, and violin solos by Bruch and Mozart.   

11 year old Lauren Zhang was chosen by the Adjudicators as "Solihull Musician of the Year 2013":.  She had won in no fewer than five categories in the run ups, including both piano and string solos.  The trophy was handed over to Lauren by the Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Joe Tildesley, accompanied by his wife, Joan, and Solihull Rotary President David Bell

 Lauren is 11 years old and is one of the youngest winners during the 11 years for which the Festival has been held.  She lives in Harborne and attends King Edward’s High School for Girls, Edgbaston.  She goes to the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire on Saturdays. Robert Markham teaches her the piano and her violin teacher is Sam Mason.

Lauren won the classes for Grade 8 and above for both Piano and Strings, and three other open piano classes - Sonata, Young Instrumentalist and Composer of the Year (Poulenc).  In the concert, she played Liszt’s La Leggierezza, Poulenc’s Napoli Suite-Caprice Italien, and the first movement of Bruch’s violin concerto No.1, which were greatly acclaimed.

 The adjudicators, Tim Low, Head of Solihull Music Service, and Melvyn Copper, former Head of Piano Studies at Warwick University, described just how hard was the task they faced in picking a winner amongst such an array of talent. This was Melvyn's last year as adjudicator and he surprised and delighted the audience at the end with his own thunderous arrangement of a fantasy from the film Exodus.  Melvyn was visibly moved as he was presented with a silver plate, as a memento for the 11 years he has helped Rotary with the judging.  Melvyn described the Solihull Rotary Concert as one of the best organised that he has been involved in: "Not just a jewel, but a Diamond of a Concert".  

 Chairman of the Festival Committee, Rotarian Bill Vine, paid tribute to the talent that has come forward in Solihull to take part in this growing event.  Sponsors, Touchwood Shopping Centre, Nicholls Lefevre & Co, and Earlswood Garden & Landscape Centre were also thanked for their support, without which the Festival would not be possible.


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