The annual Chigwell School Young Musician Competition took place recently with musicians from across the School competing for a place in the final.  In the event, vocalist Lucas (Year 13) was winner with Oliver, (Year 12) runner up for the Senior Category.  Arthur, (Year 9 trombonist), won the Junior Category with, Mily (Year 4 pianist) as the runner up.  But who would be an adjudicator for this event, a musical highlight of the School calendar?  It promises a twelve-hour day full of difficult choices: this year thirty-seven able and aspiring musicians participated.  Nicholas Chalmers gladly took on the role, bringing with him more than twenty years of experience: artistic director of the Nevill Holt Opera and conductor with Northern Ireland Opera along with collaborating on dozens of productions, promoting young singers and contemporary music.  Mr. Chalmers expressed his delight not only with the ‘high-level playing’ but with the variety of instruments used: cello, violin, trombone, electric guitar, flute, alto saxophone, clarinet, trombone and marimba. He praised the hard work and dedication of the students and expressed how impressed he was that after his initial comments on each pupil’s playing, so many returned to get further insight into how they could improve.  Director of Music, Howard Ebden, was delighted with the quality of all our young musicians and expressed gratitude for their commitment and for the support of their teachers and parents.  This is the second year in a row Lucas has won Young Musician of the Year; this time displaying the range of his rich and versatile voice, singing in English: ‘Go Lovely Rose’ Op. 2. No.3 by Roger Quilter; ‘Ave Maria’ in Latin by Franz Schubert; and in German, ‘Zucignung Op. 10 No. 1 by Richard Strauss.  This award means Lucas will be featured in our Choral Evening in Central London, shortly before Christmas.