Brent Young Musician of the Year 2016

9 July 2016

Brent resident, IIai Avni has been named Brent Young Musician of the Year 2016. The 14-year old violinist beat five other talented finalists to claim the coveted title as well as £400 prize money and the addition of his name on the magnificent Len Williams Memorial Trophy.

Ilai, who attends The Purcell School for Young Musicians wowed the judges with his stunning performance of the Allegretto from Paganini’s Caprices No 20 in D major and the 3rd movement from Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor (Op22).

As the winner, he will perform as a guest soloist at Brent Makes Music, a special event at Wembley Arena on 6 July 2016.

The Brent Young Musician of the Year competition is organised annually by Brent Music Service and supported by the Wembley Charitable Trust and this year over 60 young musicians from the borough auditioned.

The runners-up included tuba player Hafsa Jalisi (a member of Brent Concert Band and taught by Paul Fensom, Head of Brent Music Service) who was awarded second place as a result of her absorbing and engaging performances of Oystein Baadvik’s Ordner Seg and Tony Zilincik’s First Dance.  

Singer Kyle Birch (a member of Brent Youth Choir and taught by Sandra Campbell, Head of Vocal Studies at BMS) took third place by impressing the judges with his captivating performances of Bernstein’s Something’s Coming (from West Side Story) and Schoenberg’s Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (from Les Miserables).  

The other talented finalists included George Conacher on flute (taught by BMS’s Jocelyn Campbell); Robisha Luchun on clarinet (a member of both Brent Concert Band and BMS Clarinet Choir, and taught by BMS’s Jody Sapsard); and Rudy Brass on trumpet (a student at UCS).  All finalists were congratulated for their performance courage and musicality and each received a certificate to mark the special occasion, presented by the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Lesley Jones.

Paul Fensom, Head of Brent Music Service, says;

“This has been another impressive year which demonstrates the wealth of young musical talent that surrounds us. The competition was open to the whole borough, so it was particularly gratifying that 4 out of the 6 performers who earned their way through to the finals were either students of Brent Music Service or members of our ensembles.

It was so impressive to hear the way in which difficult repertoire was embraced by these wonderful young musicians and they should all be extremely proud of their achievements – between them, they clearly demonstrated the enriching and vital role music plays in young lives.”

Ilai Avni holding Len Williams Memorial Trophy. (Photograph by Lee Woodcraft)

From left to right: Councillor Lesley Jones and Ilai Avni (holding the Len Williams Memorial Trophy). (Photograph by Lee Woodcraft)

Group shot of all finalists. From left to right: George Conacher, Robisha Luchun, Hafsa Jalisi, Ilai Avni, Rudy Brass, Kyle Birch. (Photograph by Lee Woodcraft)