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Huw Wiggin Wins Gold Medal

Huw Wiggin Wins Gold Medal

This article was posted on 19 May 2014.

Saxophonist Huw Wiggin has won the Gold Medal and £15,000 in prize money at the 62nd Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition. The competition final took place on Tuesday 6 May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s South Bank Centre. The Chairman of the distinguished panel of judges was Gavin Henderson CBE, Principal of Central School of Speech and Drama. Prizes were presented by HRH Princess Alexandra, Vice Patron of the Royal Over-Seas League. 

The other finalists, who each received £5,000 were: Jan Hugo (piano) Toby Hughes (double bass) and Anna Rajah (soprano).

Other past saxophonist ROSL major prizewinners include John Harle (1980), Gerard McChrystal (1988),
Sarah Markham (1995), and Sarah Field (2000).

Born in Reading in 1986, Huw Wiggin studied at Chethams School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music with Andrew Wilson and Rob Buckland. On graduating in 2008 with a 1st Class honours degree he won a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) to continue his studies with Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule für Musik, Köln. In 2012 he graduated from the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch gaining a Masters with Distinction.

He is currently appearing at venues and music societies throughout the UK as a selected artist on the Countess of Munster Musical Trust recital scheme and as a winner of Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award. Other solo appearances include the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St James’s Piccadilly, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St Margaret’s Westminster and a performance of Milhaud’s Scaramouche at Henley Festival. He regularly performs recitals at sea on Cunard and P&O ships all over the world. In July 2012 Huw was invited to give recitals and a concerto performance of Eric Coates’s Saxo Rhapsody at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

The ROSL Annual Music Competition is open to citizens of the UK, Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries under the age of 30. In 2014 over 400 musicians participated from Australia, Canada, Ireland, India, Hong Kong, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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