Cumnor House Sussex Pupil Wins the 2018 West Sussex Youth Music Award

Cumnor House Sussex Pupil Wins the 2018 West Sussex Youth Music Award

Photo: Daniel Pengelly wins the 2018 West Sussex Youth Music Award Competition

Cumnor House Sussex pupil, Daniel Pengelly, has won the 2018 West Sussex Youth Music Award (WSYMA) – an extraordinary achievement for such a young musician at just 12 years old.  He won £400 cash along with an invitation to perform at a Sunday Recital at the Regis School of Music in 2019.

The WSYMA is the only competition in West Sussex to serve as a launch pad to young and aspiring professional musicians. To qualify for entry competitors have to be under 19, have reached Grade 8 standard on their chosen instrument, and their home address has to be in West Sussex, or they must attend a West Sussex school or college.

In the first heat of the competition, Daniel performed an eight minute programme of music in front of an adjudicating panel of two professional musicians. He played Il Pastore Svizzero by Morlacchi on his new Haynes Q3 flute, generously supported by the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust.

Four finalists, plus a further reserve finalist, were put forward to the final, at which each was asked to prepare a rounded, concert-style programme of 15 minutes. This they performed in front of the public and a different panel of two adjudicators.

While the reserve finalist performed, the adjudicators deliberated on each of the recitals played by the four finalists, after which they announced Daniel as the overall competition winner for his performance, on flute, of a programme of Tambourin by Gossec, Fantasie by Hüe and The Great Train Race by Clarke.

“This is the culmination of a string of musical successes for Daniel this academic year,” commented Ali Wicks, Director of Music at Cumnor House Sussex.  “At the Mid Sussex Music Festival he was presented with two trophies, having won all his classes and been awarded ‘Outstanding’ for two of his performances. While at the Reigate & Redhill Music and Drama Festival, as well as winning the senior woodwind concerto, recital and unaccompanied classes, he was awarded a shield for the most promising young performer. We are so delighted for him and are very privileged to have such a talented young musician in our midst at Cumnor House Sussex.”

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