YMC Concerto Prize 2018 (2019 info will be up by November 2018)

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 12.34.58

Youth Music Centre is very grateful for the very generous grant made by the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust which make the Concerto Prize possible.


For a musician there is nothing quite like the experience of playing solo with an orchestra. For many reasons one may have to wait a long time for this opportunity to arise, but when it does, it is truly thrilling With a very innovative idea in mind the YMC Concerto Prize aims to bring the chance to play with an orchestra to our students at a radically early stage in their musical lives and I hope that as many of you as possible will embrace this unique event. The classes and repertoire have been structured to ensure that as many children as possible can take part at their appropriate level and therefore we are expecting a high standard in each group. If you play a string instrument at YMC, but also learn a wind instrument (or vice versa), you are allowed to enter on both. The concerto prize is open to all instrumentalists at YMC and this year also to any students of YMC teachers. YMC will invite leading musicians to be the judges for the violin, viola/cello, wind and recorder class, so please do bring friends and family on 28th April to support this exciting occasion which is now in its 7th year.

Nigel Goldberg

Artistic Director



YMC Concerto prize -information and regulations 2018

YMC Concerto Prize – pianists 2018


Our Adjudicators:

Victoria Soames-Samek

is a critically acclaimed international artist, a highly respected teacher and a thoughtful and caring mentor. Victoria is Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at The Royal Military School of Music and Professor of Clarinet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  She is also the tutor of clarinet and saxophone at Goldsmiths College where she also lectures.

As a Radio 3 artist Victoria has given live and studio broadcasts including the premiere recording of a bass clarinet concerto by Thea Musgrave with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk. She has subsequently recorded Thea Musgrave’s Autumn Sonata and Clarinet Concerto under the direction of the composer. As soloist she has performed concertos with orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia. 2018 sees three major concerto performance and recording premieres by Malcolm Arnold Concerto No.2 and Stamford Concerto transcribed for clarinet and wind-band by Stephen Roberts who is also writing her a double saxophone concerto. 



Charles Sewart

With tours to over forty countries as a member of the Chilingirian Quartet and other ensembles, Charles has enjoyed a busy schedule of performing, recording and teaching at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals. Charles has given classes and recitals and worked with young ensembles on the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire; former students of the Royal College include the now highly successful Belcea and Sacconi Quartets.

He has been Head of Strings at the Purcell School since 2008 and, since leaving the Chilingirian Quartet, has continued to pursue a broad and varied performing career including international concerto performances, leading, presenting and directing gala performance of music of the Strauss family and Charles is frequently asked to join colleagues playing violin and viola in chamber recitals both in the UK and abroad.


Concerto Prize Winners 2018

Recorder Novice Lilly Kay

Recorder 10 years and under Natasha Freedman

Recorder 16 years and under Olivia Nadal

Wind 10 years and under Diego Jurado

Wind 13 years and under Amy Reeves


Intro Orchestra Luke Boyd

First Orchestra Irene Ning

Junior Orchestra Vanessa Parmar

Chamber Orchestra Sian Tilbury


Intro Orchestra CJ Okerago

First Orchestra Hovig Tchilingirian

Junior Orchestra Shriya Patel

Chamber Orchestra Jay Boyd


Intro Orchestra Cindy Wang

Preparatory Orchestra Aiden Bhak

First Orchestra Natasha Freedman

Junior Orchestra Shlomo Levy

Chamber Orchestra Maxim Lavrov