Saturday 4 February saw the final of the 2017 Junior Oxford Concerto Competition at the Sheldonian Theatre. Created through a partnership between the Oxford Philharmonic and the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, and their conductors Marios Papadopoulos and John Traill (Director of Music, St Anne’s College), the competition rotates annually between Senior (<21 years) and Junior (<19 years) competitions, providing valuable opportunities to perform with full orchestra.
Following-on from last years final, when John Traill conducted the Oxford Philharmonic with three finalists, Marios Papadopoulos led the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra through performances of Saint-Saens’s Rondo Capriccioso (Leo Appel, solo violin), Schumann’s Cello Concerto (Ruth Friedlander), and Reinecke’s Ballade (Hannah Gillingham).
The semi-final was held at St Anne’s College on Friday 25th November 2016, in a recital featuring nine performers. The panel, George Caird, Marios Papadoupoulos, and John Traill, were joined by Mark Levi (OCMS) and Prof. Laura Tunbridge (Oxford University) in Saturday’s final.
The final concert also featured Emma Lisney, winner of the 2016 Senior Competition, performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Emma is a second year at Pembroke College, and also a Scholar in the St Anne’s Camerata.
Leo Appel and Ruth Friedlander regularly play in the St Anne’s Camerata as Exhibitioners, and Hannah Gillingham attended the St Anne’s College 2015-16 Beyond the Dots recital series, through the OCMS Advanced Musicianship Programme that is led by Dr Traill.
Dr John Traill and the 2017 finalists, Leo Appel (winner), Hannah Gillingham, Ruth Friedlander (finalists)