The adjudicator Robin Ashwell was right to admire the passion that was on display from the College's string players in the Hudson String Prize on Tuesday 5th December. In a programme that offered plenty of variety, each performer had something they wished to communicate with the audience. Maximo Lopez, who was highly commended for his performance of Romanian Dances 1, 2 & 4 played with strident character. Henry Martin's performance offered contrasts in character, both through virtuosic cello playing and a vivid range of tonal quality. Alex Knipe was captivating in Tchaikovsky's Canzonetta, demonstrating both control and beautiful tone. The winner, Felix Reynish, impressed in what was a technically demanding piece. Mendelsohhn's Andante from the Concerto in E minor had spine tingling moments, particularly at the extreme top end of the violin's register. Perhaps most impressive was the supportive atmosphere in the Silk Hall and, in particular, between the performers.
To watch a video of the event, please follow the link below.