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Winner of Sussex Young Musician of the Year to be announced at Platinum Jubilee concert

Music lovers will be regaled by music fit for royalty, as Coro Nuovo, one of Sussex’s most accomplished choirs, contributes to the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The much-anticipated concert is taking place at 7:00pm on Saturday 16th July at St Andrews Church in Burgess Hill, Sussex.

The Jubilee concert will also be hosting the Final of the 2022 Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition. After the three finalists have performed for the audience, a winner will be selected by this year’s adjudicator, the celebrated Grammy nominated conductor David Lawrence.

Davis Lawrence has conducted the London Philharmonic choir and holds the Guinness World Record for conducting the UK’s largest choir.

As a not-for-profit choir, Coro Nuovo founded the Sussex Young Musician of the Year Awards in 2016 to support Sussex’s most talented young musicians aged 18-26 as they embark upon a professional career in music. The 2022 competition winner will receive a £1000 bursary to help towards the costs of their musical development.

This year’s finalists are:

Zoe Barnett, 23, from Chichester. Zoe learnt to play classical guitar from her mother and has just made her Wigmore Hall debut.  She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music.

Laura Coppinger (pictured) 26, from Cuckfield and Storrington. Laura is a soprano specialising in classical and operatic recitals. She is studying towards a postgraduate degree at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.

Laurence Cuttriss, 24, from Burgess Hill.  Laurence has been playing the clarinet from a very young age. He frequently performs at concerts and recitals across Sussex and has recently graduated from Trinity Laban.

The event is open to the public, with advance tickets costing £15, or £17.50 on the door. The concert is listed on the UK Government’s Platinum Jubilee website and is the only official Jubilee concert in the Mid Sussex area.

Coro Nuovo’s performance promises to be a celebration of British choral tradition, taking the audience through five hundred years of Royal music, from Greensleeves to some of Britain’s best-loved choral masterpieces including Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Parry’s I Was Glad and Stanford’s Gloria in Excelsis.

Members of Coro Nuovo include some of the best singers from the Sussex area, many of whom are professional musicians.

Catherine Kent, Managing Chair of Coro Nuovo comments:

“Coro Nuovo is delighted to have received a Platinum Jubilee Community Grant from the Mid Sussex District Council, and to be performing the only official Jubilee concert in the area. We’ve put together a fantastic programme, and we’re looking forward to sharing our passion for British choral music with our audience.”

Deputy Chair of Coro Nuovo Susan Fleet MBE said:

“The evening will be a jubilant celebration of British musical talent past and present. Despite the disruption of the past two years, music has continued to uplift and inspire us. We’re thrilled to be able to perform and continue our important work in supporting young musicians to see a viable future career in the arts.”

Tickets for the Jubilee concert can be purchased through Coro Nuovo’s website at coronuovo.org.uk/jubilee. For the ticket helpline, call 01444 717750.