Timothy Crawford wins Brent Young Musician of the Year

The winner Timothy CrawfordViolinist takes top prize at Brent Young Musician of the Year 2014 finals

A young violinist was crowned Brent Young Musician of the Year for 2014 at the competition finals in Claremont High School on Wednesday, 5 February. Timothy Crawford, impressed the packed audience and a judging panel of highly qualified musicians, to win the competition, including a guest solo performance spot at Wembley Arena on 15 July 2014 as part of the prize.

Organised and presented by Brent Music Service (BMS), the final of this year's Brent Young Musician of the Year was a thrilling collection of musical talent, with six young musicians presenting remarkable performances as they aimed for this coveted title.

In the end Timothy Crawford, with his performance of the Andantino (1st movement) from Prokofiev's 1st Violin Concerto, just had that extra quality which secured him as the winner of this prestigious biennial competition. In addition to enjoying his newly gained title, Timothy's prize included £400 towards his musical development, his name on the competition's magnificent Len Williams Memorial Trophy and the opportunity to appear as a guest soloist at the Brent Makes Music 2014 showcase event at Wembley Arena on 15 July 2014. This was a particular triumph for Timothy, as he was runner up two years ago and this was his final year of eligibility.

Second place on the night went to tuba player, Hafsa Jalisi, while Liam Shinar (a previous finalist in the 2012 event) took the third prize for his performance on violin. To mark their achievement, Hafsa and Liam also enjoyed a share in the £800 prize fund, kindly provided by the Wembley Charitable Foundation, to help towards their future musical development. All six finalists were presented with certificates by The Worshipful The Mayor of Brent, Councillor Bobby Thomas.

The following six finalists (in alphabetical order) were selected from over 100 young musicians who originally auditioned to compete in the Brent Young Musician of the Year 2014 final:

  • Iona Brandt, Clarinet
  • George Conacher, Flute
  • Timothy Crawford, Violin
  • Hafsa Jalisi, Tuba 
  • Liam Shinar, Violin 
  • Bokun Wei, Flute 


Prize winnersAll gave virtuoso performances, enabling the evening to be full of musical treats, clearly demonstrating the extremely high level of musicianship available from the young musicians of the London Borough of Brent.

Paul Fensom, Head of BMS, says;

"Once again, the finalists have astounded us all with their performances. Whilst the competition is open to any young musician who lives or attends school in the London borough of Brent, this year has been particularly heart-warming for Brent Music Service, to see that four out of the six finalists have been involved directly with BMS, either through lessons with our tutors or as a member of the BMS ensembles.

We are extremely grateful to the Wembley Charitable Foundation and Wembley Stadium Ltd for their vital support of this initiative, enabling us to showcase the outstanding young musical talent the borough holds."

Deputy Head of Service, Eric Angus, and master of ceremonies for the evening says:

"Over 100 young musicians took part in the initial audition round, and it was exciting to see the high level of musicianship that is continuing to grow and develop throughout the borough - everyone involved should be extremely proud of their achievement.

The final provided a truly impressive evening and all six finalists gave really mature performances. It was also refreshing to hear the wide variety of challenging repertoire chosen by the finalists and their teachers."