Talented pianist takes first prize in music competition

Success for Jeremy Chan in West Sussex Youth Music Awards 2016
Success for Jeremy Chan in West Sussex Youth Music Awards 2016

Christ’s Hospital pupil Jeremy Chan was recently awarded first prize in the final round of the West Sussex Youth Music Awards 2016.

Of only four finalists to perform, playing to an extremely high standard, Jeremy received the winner’s trophy and £400 towards furthering his musical studies.

Jeremy, aged 17, has been playing the piano since the age of six and has achieved Licentiate Diploma level (ABRSM post grade 8). He is also a grade 8 flute player and last term, became the principal flute player in the School’s Symphony Orchestra.

Jeremy said: “It felt great to receive recognition for the hard work I have put into practising the pieces, and it was also exciting to be chosen among so many talented candidates.

“My family background isn’t particularly musical but my parents enjoy listening to classical music and I was encouraged to take up the piano at a young age.

“I enjoy the diversity of music at Christ’s Hospital. I have met people who are good at jazz improvisation, pop singing, or composition and this has widened my horizon in learning music and inspires different aspects of my playing. I am currently still deciding on whether to take a Performance Diploma at a music conservatoire or study English Literature at a university.”

The West Sussex Youth Music Awards is organised by The Regis School of Music. This year’s adjudicators were Adam Barker, assistant head at West Sussex Music and musician Terence Allbright.

The competition is open to students under 18 from schools across West Sussex who aspire to further their musical studies at college or university.