Review: Preston Symphony Orchestra youth concerto competition


Review: Preston Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Twenty fifth annual youth concerto competition.

Sunday 9 September 2012, Northcote town hall.

Sunday the 9th of September saw the Preston Symphony Orchestra (PSO) hold it’s annual youth concerto competition. The contest which began in 1988 entered its twenty fifth year on Sunday. The competition was adjudicated by Michael Loftus-Hill.┬áThe orchestra was conducted by Mario Dobernig.

Six soloists between ages 15 and 18 were featured in an afternoon of high calibre performances. The soloists and their performances were:

King Yi Foong

Saint Saens pIANO concerto No 5 Op 103

1. Allegro Animato

Lina Heeseung Park

Doppler Fantasie Pastoral Hongroise, flute

Caleb Wong

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1

1 Allegretto

4 Allegro con moto

Michael Li

Brahms Piano concerto No 1 in D minor

1 Maestoso moderato piu animato

Serena Cheung

Mendelssohn Violin concerto in E min

1 Allegro molto appassionato

Laurence Matheson

Rachmaninov Piano concerto No 2 in C min

1 Moderato

Michael Li was the overall winner, whilst Laurence Matheson was awarded the inaugural Audience choice award. Both Li and Matheson played distinguished performances in a tough competition. Both showed maturity and poise beyond their years.

The orchestra next performs on Sunday 2 December 2012 at the Preston town hall where they will perform the Rutter Magnificat for choir and solo soprano with Victoria Chorale and the Tchaikovsky orchestral suite no 2 in C.

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