Forty Chigwell musicians took part in the annual Chigwell School Young Musician of the Year competition.
The students, aged 11-18, performed in front of adjudicator Stephen Rumsey, a freelance conductor, chorus master teacher and coach who works principally in Essex and Suffolk.
He is the Artistic Director of the music consultancy SyrinxMusic and for a number of years was a council member of the Society for the Promotion of New Music.
After a total of 50 performances it was decided that flutist Brooke Newton, 13, was the winner of the Junior prize and pianist Isabella Bird, 18, the recipient of the Senior award.
Mr Rumsey praised the way in which all pupils gathered round to support one another and was particularly impressed by the mature and professional way the pupils presented themselves.
Isabella’s performance captivated the adjudicator in the final with a highly charged and emotional rendition of Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3.
Chigwell School’s Director of Music Howard Ebden said: “It was an enthralling day in every respect. Experiencing such mature performances from such young heads is a privilege.”
The other Junior finalists were Yasmin Antoniou (violin), who was highly commended, Rowan Jones (clarinet) and Aaran Vijayakumaran (violin).
The other Senior finalists were Oliver Albert (voice), Beatrice Moore (violin), who was highly commended, Katie Marshall (piano), Ellie Shum (piano) and Jessica Maton (voice).
(left to right) Adjudicator Stephen Rumsey, Junior winner Brooke Newton, Yasmin Antoniou (who was highly commended) and Chigwell School's Director of Music Howard Ebden