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May 20, 2014

Teenager wins BBC young musician of the yearTHERE was music all the way over the weekend as Havering students scaled up the ladder of success locally and nationally.
Havering Music School’s Young Musician of the Year in Romford on Saturday May 17, coincided with the BBC’s national search for a similar young maestro the following night, and both accolades were heaped on Hornchurch teenagers.Katie Tweddle Winner with Mayor, Cllr Eric Munday web
Katie Tweddle (pictured left with Havering Mayor, Cllr Eric Munday) from Havering Music School (HMS) beat off 11 others in the final for the Havering title and former HMS pupil, Martin James Bartlett, 17, lifted the BBC trophy in London on Sunday evening. (pictured top, is named BBC young musician of the year in a ceremony presented by Clemency Burton-Hill. Photograph: Alan Peebles/BBC/PA. Picture courtesy of the BBC)
His response to winning the 36 year old annual national search for young excellence was: “It’s such an amazing feeling. It’s not just the highlight of my musical career, it’s the highlight of my life.”
Head of Havering Music School, Gary Griffiths said: ” My colleague, Paul Harris started teaching Martin at the Music School on the bassoon ten years ago. He won a number of awards at the Havering Junior and Young Musician Competitions from 2005-2010 before becoming a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College and going to the Purcell School.
“Havering Music School is proud to have been part of Martin’s musical journey and we congratulate him on his magnificent performances and achievement. We will be watching his career develop with great interest and personal warmth.”
Martin’s reward for his performance of Rachmanivov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini has to set him on the route to International success as winner of the UK’s most prestigious event for young classical musicians.HYMY Contestants and winners group web
Another coincidence is that Martin started learning piano at age of six, and the Bassoon when he was eight.
Havering’s winning 17 year old, Katie won her top prize playing the bassoon. What are the chances that it was the same instrument from the instrument cupboard at the Hornchurch based Music School? (pictured above, the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Eric Munday and the 12 finalists in the Havering Music School’s own Young Musician of the Year)
A pupil at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, Katie (below) played Sonata 3rd movement by Saint-Saëns, and was awarded the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Silver Cup along with the title of Havering Young Musician of the Year.
Havering’s competition is in its 34th year and a result of collaboration between the Chamber and Havering Council.
The Music school is a Local Education Authority (LES) Music Service and provides tuition to more than 3,500 students in schools and colleges throughout Havering, and a further 1,500 primary age children from 23 schools are given whole class tuition each week.
Katie Tweddle winnerGary Griffiths, Head of Havering Music School, said: “These youngsters are among the most musically talented in the borough, and this is the 34th year that the award has taken place.
“In preparation for the competition, young musicians worked with professional musicians from the Royal Opera House in a master class, with the most impressive performers nominated to go forward and perform in the Finalists’ Concert. tonight.”
The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Eric Munday gave out the awards after the adjudicator, Principal double bass at the Royal Opera House, Tony Hougham, told the contestants, that he shared their nerves when doing a solo performance, and congratulated the musicians for their performances, saying he could not have done it.
The contestants were: Daniel Parrott from Havering Sixth form College, playing Syrinx by Debussy on the flute; Michelle Tran from St Edward’s School who played Chopin’s Waltz Op64 No2 on the piano; Keenan Ngo from Hall Mead School, played Toccata by Khachaturian on the Piano; Matthew Payne from Havering Sixth Form College, played Haydn’s Concerto 2nd movement on the Trumpet; Ernests Cirulis from Brittons Academy played Capriccio by Goltermann on the Cello; Mark Chapman from Havering Sixth Form College played ‘Got a match’ by Corea on the Saxophone; Beverley Ngo from Southend High School for Girls played Nocturne Op9 No 2 by Chopin.
Coopers Company and Coborn School pupils filled the rest of the places with Stephen Payne playing Vinter’s Hunter’s Moon on the French Horn; Katie Tweddle on the Bassoon; Betsy Edwards played ‘If the Silver Bird Could Speak by Alberga; Robert Gardner played Fantasy by Sparke on the Euphonium and finally Daniel Boran played King for A Day by Dave Brubeck on the Piano.
Thousands watched the BBC programmes selecting their winner, but by comparison, Havering’s own musical maestros were greeted with enthusiasm and pride, it just goes to show what television can do.
For full details of the courses available at Havering Music School log onto their website: or call 01708 450313






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