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Royal Academy of Music to host Yamaha Final

Two talented brass band players will compete in the prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) Scholarship Awards competition in London later this month.

  Many of the Yamaha scholars have gone on to enjoy outstanding musical careers

The Royal Academy of Music in London will host to the 2019 final of the annual Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) Scholarship Awards.

The free event on Sunday 24th February will feature six finalists who have battled through preliminary rounds held last year.

Outstanding careers

Since 1990, the acclaimed pan-European Yamaha Music Scholarship scheme has awarded scholarships worth more than 1 million euros to over 1000 outstanding young musicians all over Europe. Many Yamaha scholars have progressed to develop outstanding careers in performance and education.

Alumni include saxophonist Amy Dickson, euphonium virtuoso David Childs, and pianists Eduard Kunz and Sasha Grynyuk.

The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe is a non-profit-making charity dedicated to supporting talented music students and providing valuable performance platforms for emerging musicians. The financial assistance may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of studies.

This year's six finalists include at least two young players currently performing with leading UK bands, with Emily Humphries and Hannah Plumridge from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff playing with Tredegar and Cory respectively4BR


This year's six finalists, all of whom are studying full time at leading UK institutions include at least two young players currently performing with leading UK bands, with Emily Humphries and Hannah Plumridge from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff playing with Tredegar and Cory respectively.

They will be joined by Adam Wood (Royal College of Music), James Alexander Nash (Royal Academy of Music), Joseph Matthews (Manchester University) and Matilda Lloyd (Royal Academy of Music) to perform before a judging panel comprised of Mark David from the Royal Academy of Music, Andrew Dunn of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Spencer Down from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The three winning instrumentalists will each receive a scholarship award of 2000 euros.

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