Young Musicians' Platform
Type: Concert
Date: Friday 21 June 1996

Young Musician’s Platform
The young artists were introduced by Edmund Fivet, Director of the Audi Music Competition and Principal of the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Alison Farr: Piano
Scarlatti: Two Sonatas in G major and B minor
Ravel: Oiseaux tristes
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No 1

Neil Shewan: Horn
Eugene Bozza: En forêt
Damase: Berceuse
Rossini: Prélude, theme and variations

Catrin Finch: (pictured) Harp
JS Bach: Etude No. 8
Hindemith: Sonata for Harp
Marcel Tournier: Féerie – prelude and danse

Nellie Seng: Piano
Rachmaninov: Etudes – Tableaux Op. 39 No. 9
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 2


The second Festival concert of 1996 was a Young Musicians’ Platform. Alison Farr aged 16 (piano) won the Audi Junior Musician of the Year title in 1994 and was a finalist in this year’s BBC Young Musician of the year, and attends Wells Cathedral School. She produced a wide range of tonal colour, her playing full of variety, producing a lovely cantabile as required, and well able to cope with the demands of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

Neil Shewan aged 17 (horn) is still at school in Cambridge, but exhibited a total professionalism in his whole performance. There was never a moment of anxiety with this most difficult of instruments and with excellent breath control and a lovely range of tone and colour he fully engaged his audience with Damase’s Berceuse and Rossini’s Prelude, theme and variations. A nice touch was that Neil was ably accompanied by Brenda Blewett, a former pupil of David Parkhouse (in whose memory this Festival has been established).

Catrin Finch aged 15 (harp), twice a finalist in the Audi Junior Musician competition and winner of the Junior competition at the World Harp Festival in 1991, is already an accomplished performer. She showed a fine command of her beautiful instrument and knew how to explore its different timbres and nuances in music as varied as Bach and Hindemith.

Jonathan Scott aged 18 (piano), a pupil at Chetham’s School, winner of many competition prizes and due to pursue his career in September at the Royal Northern School of Music, brought this delightful and exhilarating concert to its conclusion with a programme which included the demanding Brahms Paganini Variations exhibiting a great facility at the keyboard.

Janyce Pringle

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.