PIANIST Alice Maslin has become the first musician to qualify for the Solo Instrumentalists’ Challenge at this year’s Mrs Sunderland Music Festival.
Alice, of Leeds, will compete on Friday at 10.45am, against the winners of the string, guitar, woodwind, recorder, brass and percussion classes.
The winner will receive the Business and Professional Women’s Trophy, a medal and £100.
Alice, who has been competing in Mrs Sunderland for several years, secured her place in the category by winning the Piano Solo – Open class on Monday.
She played the first movement of Sonata No. 4 by Prokofiev to wow judge John Gough and take the Francis Netherwood Trophy and £40 prize money.
Adjudicator Mr Gough was impressed by her performance. He said: “The performance was quite exceptional with staggering musicianship.”
Music festival committee member, David Hirst, said the standard in the Piano Solo – Open had been high.
“It was an appreciative audience for a very entertaining class. The first two competitors got outstanding marks, which aren’t come by easily.”
He said there had been a wave of new competitors taking part in this year’s contest.
“There are some new names on the entries, it seems we have a new generation of entries coming through the classes.”
Big events at the festival in the week to come include the bands and orchestras classes on Thursday afternoon and evening and the popular children’s choir and young people’s choir classes on Friday. The Kirklees Young Musician of the Year competition will also be held on Friday at St Paul’s Hall at Huddersfield University, from 4.30pm.
Thirteen singers and instrumentalists will battle if out for the newly-increased prize money of £1,000, or £400 for the second placed contestant. The winner also receives the coveted JW Pearce Trophy.
Entrants must be aged 16 to 25, be born in or have lived in Kirklees for five years or be at least a second year music student in Kirklees.