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Stephen Savage, jury spokesman, paid tribute to the BPSE for providing a platform for young performers, noting that the practice of live performance was especially valuable in an era in which audiences often judge interpretation from recordings. The competition also offered a beneficial stimulus to institutions to foster their own internal Beethoven competitions. The jury was looking for many qualities including attention to pianistic colour, effective ways of approaching the instrument's sonority, and sensitive pedalling.

The three winners - from left to right: Lin Yang, Schay Wickham and Julian Clef
The three winners - from left to right: Lin Yang, Schay Wickham and Julian Clef

First prize was awarded to Julian Clef (Chetham's), second to Lin Yang (Junior RNCM) and third to Schay Wickham (Junior RAM). All three received cash prizes and a copy of Arietta. The prize winners' recitals will be announced on the BPSE website.

Copyright © 19 March 2008 Malcolm Miller, London UK

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