RNCM 2017 Gold Medal Winners

The RNCM held its Gold Medal Competition on Saturday 17 June featuring 10 of the College’s finest performers and four of its leading young composers, who wrote new works for piano trio.

Adjudicated by Nigel Clarke (composer), Cathy Graham (Music Director, British Council), Professor Linda Merrick (RNCM Principal), and Sam Rigby (Creative Director, Schott Music Publishers), this year’s winners were sopranos Samantha Clarke and Charlotte Trepess, saxophonist Vykintas Civas, and composer Aled Smith.

Professor Merrick said: ‘The RNCM’s much-coveted Gold Medal celebrates exceptional performance and composition by students at the College. Each year the competition is extremely high and 2017 was no exception. The overall standard was absolutely exceptional and everyone who competed, especially the five winners, should be very proud of their achievement.’

The other 2017 competitors were: Daniel Carias (double bass), Wyn Chan (piano), Victor Lim (piano), Alexandra Lowe (soprano), German Martinez Merino (clarinet), Emma McPhilemy (saxophone), Sophie Rocks (harp), and composers Aaron Breeze, Edgar Divver and Amir Sadeghi Konjani.