Lilly Vadaneaux wins saxophone composition prize
This article was posted on 28 Oct 2016.
Congratulations to Lilly Vadaneaux who has won the 2016 CASS Saxophone Composition Prize, which was open to composers aged under 30 based in Great Britain. Lilly is 14 years old, and has been studying composition with Paul Whitmarsh at the Guildhall School of Music’s junior department for 5 years. As well as winning £350, her winning piece Nocturne for saxophone and piano will be performed by Rob Buckland and Fiachra Garvey in the evening Gala Concert as part of the CASS 40th Anniversary Single Reed Day celebrations. Lilly, who also studies piano with Stephen Coombs has had previous competition successes. She was Highly Commended in the 2016 BBC Proms Inspire Composition Competition, and in 2013 also won the NCEM Composers Award. Lilly was also a finalist in the Charlton House Young Artists Competition. She lives in London and is a student at Latymer Upper School.
The judges were impressed by the high standard of entries and awarded Highly Commended prizes to Robert Burton for his piece Darkness into Light, and to Alastair Penman for his piece Soar.
Robert Burton is 16 years old and lives in Cambridgeshire, where his parents are farmers. In 2012 Robert joined Junior Guildhall where he is taught saxophone by Paul Stevens. Rob is a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. He has had other competition successes this year, becoming both the Wellingborough Young Musician of the Year, and Oundle Young Musician of the Year. He was also a National Finalist in the Rotary Young Musician of the Year. On leaving school Robert hopes to take a place at a conservatoire and would like to be a professional musician.
As a saxophonist, Alastair Penman’s talents have been recognised with awards from the City Music Foundation, Park Lane Group, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, RNCM (Fewkes and Harwood Scholarships) and St. Catharine’s College (Cambridge). Alastair has also been a finalist in the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and RNCM Gold Medal competitions. Supported by the City Music Foundation, Alastair’s debut solo album, Electric Dawn, was released in November 2015 on Sospiro Records. The album features new compositions for saxophone and electronics and was produced by the legendary saxophonist John Harle. Critics have praised the playing as “exemplary”, “diamond-sharp, tonally burnished and singing free” and recognised that “each piece had a perfection of its own”, creating a “cohesive and triumphantly experimental debut”. His Highly Commended competitition entry Soar can be heard on this YouTube link.