Hatton-Bucknall Competition for Woodwind Players 2018

Eight boys competed for this prize, which was endowed some years ago. Sam opened proceedings with a jolly rendition of Beeline which was followed by Miles who gave a very considered account of Bagatelle and Lonely Blue.  Sam played the famous Strimpellata on his bassoon and Jason gave us the equally-famous Gran Mogol sonata on the flute.  Jack’s Mancini Allegro was the only performance of the evening from memory and was followed by Adrian’s account of Reinecke’s tricky Ballade.  Tom gave us a very spirited rendition of Singelée’s Allegro Vivace and Robin closed with the very tricky Allegro con Brio by Malcolm Arnold.

The Adjudicator, composer and teacher Richard Whitehead, made several references to intonation and its effect on the performance as a whole, and awarded second prize to Robin and the winner’s prize to Adrian, for his Reinecke.