Sixth Form violinist Amelia Gilmartin has won the Avon Rotary Young Musicians Award, a hotly contested competition which has previously been won by other Cliftonians including Julia Hwang, Lana Trimmer, and Oliver Gittings.
Bravely playing in spite of a bout of illness, Amelia dazzled with the highly demanding Tzigane by French composer Maurice Ravel and Salut d'Amour by Sir Edward Elgar, accompanied by Assistant Director of Music James Drinkwater. The prize includes a cash reward and the opportunity to play a concerto movement with orchestra.
Clifton College Director of Music Dan Robson said: “Amelia is a fantastically talented young musician and I am delighted that her abilities have been rewarded with success in this highly competitive event. We look forward to hearing her again in concert at St George's and with the Bristol Ensemble before she leaves Clifton College, and indeed in the future - she will undoubtedly go far in whatever musical area she chooses.”
Richard Craddy, organiser of the Avon Rotary Young Musicians Competition, added: “Her performance […] was a delight and the award of the opportunity to play a concerto with the orchestra is a just reward. We wish her well in the future... it will undoubtedly be successful.”
Congratulations to Amelia on such a fantastic achievement and best of luck on her musical journey!