Coombs Scholarship Final

On Tuesday 29 November Future Talent Musicians Ashby, Elodie, Zac, Robert, Xander and Micah took part in the Coombs Scholarship Final at Holland Park School, London.

Each musician played two contrasting pieces for a panel of four judges: Future Talent Patron and previous BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Guy Johnston, composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson, Artistic Director and Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music, Mark David, and ex-Future Talent Trustee Jessica Brennan, who also ran BBC Young Musician of the Year for 11 years.

The standard was incredibly high and after much deliberation by the panel, saxophonist Robert from Cambridgeshire became the Charity’s second Coombs Scholar.

I am so thrilled to have been awarded the Coombs Scholarship. To play alongside other incredible young musicians as well as to a highly respectable panel of judges was an experience I’ll always cherish. The Scholarship and support from Future Talent will be invaluable to my development as a musician.” – Robert

Robert was presented his award by Future Talent’s President Sir Mark Elder.

Future Talent supports some wonderfully talented young musicians and this talent was in abundance at the Coombs Scholarship Final. Choosing the Coombs Scholar must have been extremely difficult, a decision I was glad I did not have to make, but Robert, a young saxophonist, was a worthy winner of the Charity’s most prestigious award. I look forward to watching his progress in what promises to be a bright and successful future in music.” – Sir Mark Elder

Many congratulations to Robert and to all the finalists.