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Students Compete for RWCMD’s Prestigious New Prize

8 May 2012

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Six RWCMD music students will be competing in the semi-finals of the inaugural Ian Stoutzker Prize tonight, which takes place in our new world-class chamber concert hall, The Dora Stoutzker Hall.

“I am pleased that the College has agreed to establish this annual prize for a student with outstanding talent and potential and I am delighted that with such a distinguished panel of judges it is being organized so meaningfully and as an integral part of College life,“  said Ian Stoutzker.

The prestigious new competition has been open to all Royal Welsh College music students, nominated by their teachers. Last term the first round saw 18 students whittled down to six, and tonight only three musicians will be chosen to go forward to the final on Wednesday 4 July, which will be awarded by a distinguished jury.

“There are no restrictions on what the students can present, they just need to choose something that showcases their full range of talents and abilities,” saidJohn Cranmer, Director of Progammes and Research for Music.

Principal Hilary Boulding added, “We are very grateful to Ian for his generosity in establishing a prize which will support a highly talented young musician from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to progress towards a career in music.  For many years, Ian has been unstinting in his support for young professional musicians through Live Music Now.  This prize is a further testament to his dedication to young musical talent.  And of course, it’s very exciting that the prize final will take place in the beautiful chamber hall that carries Ian’s mother’s name. “