THE NEXT GENERATION Previous winners of the Two Moors Young Musicians Competition
The Music Room, Powderham Castle
TOBY HUGHES, DOUBLE BASS
CLARA SHERRATT, piano
rebecca mcnaught, CELLO
HARVEY DAVIES, accompanist
There are few opportunities for talented young instrumentalists and singers to gain experience performing in public. Through the Festival’s Young Musicians Competition, four winners are selected each year who, as part of their award, share a concert within the festival. This concert gives three previous winners the opportunity to showcase their talents.
Having gained a first-class degree in Music at Oxford, Rebecca McNaught has gone on to the Royal Academy of Music where, as a post-graduate student, she is a second-year scholar. She was a winner of the Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians Competition in 2014.
Toby Hughes was a winner of the Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians Competition in 2007, since when he has been hailed as one of the most impressive double bass players of his generation to emerge on the concert scene. Having studied with the Principal Bass player in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, he went on to win the string section at the Royal Overseas League. In addition, he has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Clara Sherratt began playing the piano at the age of six and was one of the youngest ever winners of the Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians Competition. She is currently studying with Dina Parakhina, Professor at the Royal College of Music and is mentored by the RCM’s Head of Keyboard, Vanessa Latarche.