The Whitgift International Music Competition (WIMC) 2019 took place during the Easter holidays from Sunday 7 to Thursday 11 April. A vast array of international students from countries including Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Hong Kong and the UK, resulted in a wonderful sense of community within the boarding house and music department. The competition began with an opening recital on Sunday evening performed by Dan-Iulian Druţac, the winner of the first WIMC in 2013.
Upper Sixth Form student, Matthew Munks commented, “The first movement of the Brahms Violin Sonata stood out as a very moving piece. I was captivated by the tone and lyricism that he brought out of it.”
The competition rounds took place over three days. During the semi-final, each competitor performed a programme of three contrasting pieces lasting 20 minutes each, and those who made it through to the final had 10 minutes to play one movement of a concerto. The rounds took place in front of a panel of adjudicators and there was a vast array of instruments, with violinists as well as a range of woodwind and brass players competing.
The prizegiving and gala concert featured performances from a selection of this year’s WIMC competitors and a special guest performance by Brian Wong (Third Form), playing the harmonica. For the results of the winners in each category please click here.
Jessica Duchen, Music Journalist and WIMC Adjudicator commented, “The results are not only transformative for those who win but enhance the lives of the other students who have the chance to collaborate with their peers, making music at a fabulous level. It brings music into lives that might otherwise miss that chance and expands everybody’s world view and cultural understanding.”
Thank you to all the competitors, staff and adjudicators for contributing to another successful WIMC and to Matthew Munks and Brian Wong for assisting as Whitgift Young Ambassadors. To read more about the event from Jessica Duchen, click here for the article featured on her Classical Music Blog.