Supporting Young Musicians
Gideon Brooks, a 22-year-old trumpeter from Bognor Regis, took home the music bursary at Coro Nuovo’s fifth annual summer concert on Sunday 16th July 2017
26 entrants had competed for the prize before judges selected just four young musicians from Sussex to compete at the choir’s ‘Music & Monarchy’ performance. They were Gideon; Claire Ward, a 24-year-old soprano, from Crawley; Ayla Sahin, 18, from Brighton and 24-year-old soprano, Rebekah Smith from Hove.
Gideon and Rebekah were both finalists in the inaugural Young Musicians’ Bursary last year, when they were pipped to the post by saxophonist Hannah Corcoran.
The bursary competition is open to singers and instrumentalists aged between 18 and 25 and is designed to support their studies at one of the UK’s leading conservatoires.
Judges were David Angus, music director of Boston Lyric Opera and honorary conductor of the Symphony Orchestra; Mark Stone, a professional baritone who has performed at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and La Scala; and the choir’s founder, Catherine Kent. Coro Nuovo’s music director, international tenor Andrew Rees, conducted and compèred the evening.
David said: “All the finalists performed to an extremely high standard which made our decision very difficult. They will all clearly have remarkable careers in the music industry but we have chosen Gideon Brooks for his outstanding professionalism”. David went on to pay tribute to Phillip Sear, who accompanied all the soloists.
On receiving his £1,000 bursary prize, Gideon said: “Thank you very much for having me back for a second time. It is such an honour to win. I congratulate Andrew Rees, the superb conductor of the Coro Nuovo choir who always sing so brilliantly and energetically.”
The Coro Nuovo Young Musicians’ Bursary will return again next year.