Norwich youngster wins top music award

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:32 02 July 2010

Jon Welch

The title of Norfolk Young Musician 2010 has been won by 16-year-old cellist Thomas Isaac, of Norwich.

The title of Norfolk Young Musician 2010 has been won by 16-year-old cellist Thomas Isaac, of Norwich.

Thomas won the coveted annual competition, held at the John Innes Centre at Norwich Research Park.

Thomas, a Norwich School pupil, came first with his renditions of Sonata in G Allegro by Berteau, Kol Nidrei by Bruch and Gavotte No 2 by Popper. He won £200.

Second prize of £150 was won by pianist Joong-ha Park, 15, of Wymondham, a pupil of Wymondham High School. He played Prelude in C# minor Op 3 No 2 by Rachmaninov, Song without words in A major Op 53 No 6 by Mendelssohn and Sonata on C minor Op 13 “Pathetique” 1st Movement by Beethoven.

The third prize of £100 went to his sister and fellow pianist Sohyun Park, 20, also from Wymondham and a Royal College of Music student.

Soyhun played Chopin's Nocturne in F major Op 15 No 1, Debussy's Etude No 5 “Pour les octaves” and Etude No 6 “Pour les huits doigts” and Sposalizio (Deuxieme annee de pelerinage) by Liszt.

The Mrs E Sturgeon prize for piano, worth £150, was won by UEA student Philippa Briggs, 19, of Reepham.

Cellist Andrew Harsley, 13, of Drayton, a pupil of Notre Dame High School, Norwich, won the Michael Badminton prize for the most promising string player.

Adjudicator at Sunday's even was Great Yarmouth-born Robert Plane, principal clarinet in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, who had enjoyed a successful and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal.

Jonathan Wortley, chairman of the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust, which promotes the event, said: “The standard was very high this year. We had quite a large variety of different instruments being played and more applicants than ever.

“It was a very enjoyable day and people were very complimentary. Even if the young people do not win, they will gain something by performing.

“The John Innes Centre is a wonderful place to perform and gives them a chance to play in a really good hall.”

Entries are being welcomed for next year's event. For further information please email Mr Wortley on or telephone 01603 504301.

Are you a budding young musician who has won a major award? Call reporter Jon Welch on 01603 772476 or email

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