The annual Penningtons Manches LLP competition took place at PATS Studio One at Surrey on 22 October during which a number of talented final year students competed to win the coveted Penningtons Manches Prize. The quality and range of performances was outstanding and the judges had the challenging task of selecting the winner from a wide array of instruments and styles.
The prize was awarded to Flautist Eleanor Cooper who, accompanied by her mother Helen, gave a sparkling performance of the Concertino, Op. 107 by Cécile Chaminade. “The Penningtons Manches competition was a fantastic experience to be a part of. Having been away from University for a year on my placement it was such a thrill to come back and perform in this competition, and to be driven to higher standards by the promise of very strong competitors. I perform because I love the feeling of it, and to be rewarded so generously for that is an honour. I am very grateful for the prize – with only a student loan it is difficult to afford some of the things that are necessary to further my love and progression in music that come with a rather large price tag. Thank you, Penningtons Manches for this valuable award and for the exciting opportunity.”
The other finalists competing for the prize performed a super programme ranging from Willow Swiatek on oboe playing a Concerto by Vincenzo Bellini, Leah Franks on piano playing Brahms and Gershwin, guitar duo Dan Sherman and Alfie Hollins performing music by Andy McKee and Guthrie Govan, and to finish the programme music by Andrew Latimer and Peter Bardens performed by Kye Voce (electric guitar), Greg Davies (electric bass), Lawrence Moss (keyboard) and Nikita Holden (drums). The judges commended all competitors on the quality of their performances.
Terry Cole, partner at Penningtons Manches LLP’s Godalming office, attended the event. After the results had been revealed, he commented: “Penningtons Manches is delighted to continue its association with this initiative which supports young musicians at an early stage in their careers. This year’s competition showcased exceptional talent by students on a particularly wide range of different instruments and it was a privilege to enjoy their recitals during the event.”
Further details on future events and competitions at Surrey can be found at www.surrey.ac.uk/arts