Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year

Congratulations to Hannah Brooks-Hughes who has won the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year competition, which took place on Tuesday 7th March at Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham. 

At 13 years old, Hannah was the youngest musician in the competition and was up against four other finalists, aged between 16 and 20 years old, on the cello, violin, flute and alto saxophone. Hannah, who is taught by Matthew Denton and Tasmin Little, successfully won both the awards available at the competition; one based on the judges' decision and the other decided by the audience vote.

The competition was judged by Meurig Bowen, Director of the Cheltenham Music Festival, Simon Haram, Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music and Lucy Gould, who holds the position of Principal 2nd Violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

As part of her prize, Hannah was presented with the Hewitt-Jones Trophy, a cheque for £500 and will have the honour of performing with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, at the Cheltenham Music Festival and at the Carducci Festival.

Hannah said "I am delighted to have received the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2017 award. The whole evening was really enjoyable and the atmosphere was amazing.”

Mrs Charlotte Oosthuizen, Head of Lower College at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said “Mr Hawley and I were delighted to go to the final to support Hannah. When she played, the audience sat enthralled by the exquisite sound that filled the Pittville Pump Room and the applause at the end said it all. She did herself, her family and College proud!”

Read local and sector press coverage about Hannah's success.