Two Moors Festival
13th to 21st October 2017

Young Musicians Platform

The Two Moors Festival's Young Musicians Platform Competition began in 2002, when the Festival was still in its infancy, but in the 1200 square miles of Dartmoor and Exmoor we realised there were very few performance opportunities for enthusiastic young musicians living in the Southwest. From this realisation came the idea to find four under-nineteen year olds who could share a concert in the main Festival, and who could also receive some prize money. The competition was set up for instrumentalists as well as singers. The only thing we did not permit was backing tapes.

The panel has always comprised three or four experienced professional musicians including Philip Fowke, Melanie Ragge, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Robert St John Wright to name but few.

Over the years the standard has risen enormously. News has spread about the competition and the opportunities that it offers keen young musicians. Entries now come from as far afield as Gloucester, Bournemouth and Truro and usually total over fifty for the first round. Approximately half this number is taken through to the final round, though this depends on their standard. Winners from previous years have gone on to further successes: violinist Anna Im, was a Category Finalist in 2012’s BBC Young Musician of the Year, as was clarinettist, Jordan Black in 2007. Many have studied at specialist music schools or have gained scholarships to the London music colleges. We have also "nurtured" some of the very young candidates, who, though unsuccessful at first, have been encouraged to come back the next year. In one case, a ten year-old violinist came repeatedly until she was a winner in 2009.

The atmosphere has always been relaxed, with a number of "seasoned" competitors saying that these auditions offer an environment that is conducive to giving their best performance. It has even been said that auditioning is fun! The concert in October offers a chance for all four winners to give an individual fifteen minute performance.

Young Musicians Platform Competition 2017

The first round of auditions have taken place and the candidates through to the final round are;

Ellen O'Brien, aged 17, French Horn from The Castle School, Thornbury
Matilda Wale, aged 16, Voice from Kingsdown School, Swindon
Lydia Kenny, aged 18, Alto Saxophone from Stroud High Sixth Form
Felicity Lennard, aged 13, Recorder from Bruton School for Girls
Katie Sherratt, aged 16, Harp from Wells Cathedral School
Fergus McCready, aged 17, Oboe from Wells Cathedral School
Megan Taylor, aged 15, Clarinet from Wells Cathedral School
Rebecca Farthing, aged 16, Cello from Wells Cathedral School
Anna Faram, aged 14, Violin from Gordano School, Bristol
Gregory Steward, aged 17, Voice from Wells Cathedral School
Faelan Sydenham, aged 17, Recorder from Sexey's School, Bruton
Katherine Stonham, aged 18, Violin from The John of Gaunt School, Hungerford
Elizabeth Hobbs, aged 18, Voice from Budehaven Community School
Poppy Freya McGhee, aged 12, Violin, Home educated
Rachel Stonham, aged 16, Violin from The John of Gaunt School, Hungerford
Joseph Pritchard, aged 17, Cello from Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey
Flora Davies, aged 18, Voice from King's College, Taunton

The final auditions will take place on Saturday, May 6th 2017.

Young Musicians Platform Competition 2017


Young Musicians Platform Competition 2017


Young Musicians Platform Competition Winners 2016

Hannah McFarlane The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester 13yrs cello
Joel Munday Home educated 16yrs violin
Clara Sherratt Bristol 11yrs piano
Poppy Webb-Taylor Wells Cathedral School 17yrs oboe