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2020 Sussex Young Musician

2020 Sussex Young Musician

Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition

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The winner of the 2020 Sussex Young Musician Competition is:
Toril Azzalini-Machecler

Toril is 18 and from Horsham. He has just begun his studies at the Royal College of Music. Toril reached the Percussion Finals of the BBC Young Musician both in 2018 and 2020 and he has had the opportunity of being involved in a variety of projects such as playing at the Glyndebourne Opera House, the BBC Proms and touring the UK with Chineke! Orchestra. Toril was also the youngest member of the LSO Percussion Academy and has played alongside Dame Evelyn Glennie. He has also won prizes for his compositions writing for a wide variety of styles. The £1000 Sussex Young Musician prize will help Toril with the financial pressures caused by the pandemic and lack of performance opportunities.


The runner-up of the 2020 Sussex Young Musician Competition is:
Helen Lacey

Helen is 26 and from Wadhurst. She is currently studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music.  Helen began her early training through Glyndebourne Youth Opera and East Sussex Music Service.  In 2012, she was a BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year finalist and, recently, Helen performed the title role in Brighton Early Music Festival’s production of Gagliano’s La Dafne. Helen will use her £500 prize money to support her audition and fee costs whilst studying, and towards setting up an arts company promoting art-song, poetry, and storytelling in new ways.


Third place in the 2020 Sussex Young Musician Competition is shared between:
Eliette Harris, Georgia Mae Ellis and Jamie Andrew

2020 Sussex Young Musician Judge - Broadcaster Katie Derham 

Katie who is a Sussex resident, has presented the Proms, hosted the classical BRIT awards, conducted orchestral, choral and operatic music through BBC’s Maestro programme and is also an amateur violinist.

2020 Sussex Young Musician Judge - Composer Jonathan Dove

Jonathan’s music has filled opera houses with delighted audiences of all ages on five continents. Few, if any, contemporary composers have so successfully or consistently explored the potential of opera to communicate, to create wonder and to enrich people’s lives.

2020 Sussex Young Musician Judge - Conductor Mark Wigglesworth 

Mark who is also a Sussex resident, is an internationally renowned and Olivier Award-winning conductor. He has held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony, Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and most recently Music Director of English National Opera. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

2020 Competition Main Sponsor

Coro Nuovo is particularly grateful to the Traditional Oak and Timber Company (Tradoak) who will again be the main sponsor for this year’s competition.

Neil Peskett of Tradoak said: “In these most challenging of times, Tradoak is delighted to continue to support talented Sussex Young Musicians because it is essential to invest in the future of our culture and arts.”