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Tenth Annual Delius Prize Held at Birmingham Conservatoire

The Delius Prize 2013 took place on 21st June as part of the week-long Delius and Ireland Festival staged by the Birmingham Conservatoire.

This was the tenth Prize event introduced and organised by The Delius Society, attracting 15 entries in the preliminary round which was adjudicated by Chris Marshall from the Conservatoire. From these, five (including a duo) were selected for the final public competition.

The winners were the violin and cello duo, Amy Littlewood and Hetti Price for their performance of the Delius Double Concerto. They were jointly awarded the first prize.

The Adjudicator for the final competition was Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, assisted by Roger Buckley who represented The Delius Society. All four entries satisfied the rules of the competition and were heard in ideal conditions in the Conservatoire's Recital Hall.

Stephen Threlfall chose not to award a second prize, in recognition of the difficulty in deciding between the other three finalists, all of whom received certificates of merit.

Commenting on the 2013 Prize, Roger Buckley from The Delius Society said: "We were delighted to receive such a large number of entries which demonstrates to us that one of the main objectives of the Prize - encouraging students to play works by Delius - is being achieved. Over the last ten years, hundreds of music students have been introduced to Delius and many are now including his works in their repertoire. As always the standard this year was very high which made the Adjudicator's task difficult. Our congratulations go to this year's winners for an outstanding performance."

The programme for the final public competition was as follows:

Zhivko Georgiev (violin)
Simon Nicholls (piano)
Delius: Violin Sonata No. 3

Amy Littlewood (violin)
Hetti Price (cello)
Jon French (piano)
Delius, arr. Heseltine: Double Concerto

Robert Kurnatowski (cello)
Jon French (piano)
Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62
Delius: Sonata for Cello and Piano

Claire Barnett-Jones (mezzo-soprano)
Jon French (piano)
Delius: Four Old English Songs
Quilter: Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6

Photo - Amy Littlewood and Hetti Price

Hetti Price and Amy Littlewood, First Prize winners in the 2013 Competition

Photo - Amy Littlewood and Stephen Threlfall

Stephen Threlfall, adjudicator, with Amy Littlewood, First Prize winner in the 2013 Competition

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