Ex East Sussex Music Service pupil wins prize at Guildhall School of
Music and Drama.
Past pupil George Ellis has won the prestigious Guildhall Brass Prize
sponsored by the Armourers' and Brasiers'.
The Preliminary round was open to all GSMD brass students in their
second year or above. Four competitors were put through to The Final, held at
the Music Hall at the GSMD on 29th April.
The adjudication panel was Andy
Wood, Richard Benjafield (Head of Department at GSMD) and members of the
Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, which sponsors the £1000 prize
for the winner of the award.
George, a third year tuba player, had to fend off stiff competition
from a third year trumpet student and two fourth year french horns.
programme consisted of:
Three Miniatures- Anthony Plog
Sonata for Unaccompanied Tuba movt. 1- John Kenny
Barcarolle et Chanson Bachique- Jules Semler-Collery
After winning, George said
"I am delighted....It was such a privilege to perform to a large and
I am particularly appreciative of my fantastic teacher Patrick
Harrild who has aided my professional and artistic development at GSMD.
It feels a long time ago now, but I remain very grateful to the music
service in East Sussex for their great work which has allowed me and many
others to gain places at such prestigious institutions.
The Prize money will help me to fund the purchase of a second, larger
tuba which will be essential to equip me for what I hope will be a career as
a professional tuba player."
Other winners of this award include the celebrated trumpet player
Alison Balsom and Elspeth Dutch (Principal Horn of CBSO)
Well done George !