October 2018

Celebrating the Summer Festival

The Summer Festival in July was a celebration of the memory of one of DYM’s founders, Dr Dick Fong, and his widow Odile presented the newly-dedicated Richard Fong Trophy to the winner of the senior class.

Dick and Odile were faithful and enthusiastic supporters of DYM from its beginnings nearly 50 years ago and Odile spoke of her pleasure at how the organisation has continued to nurture the talents of young musicians. The adjudicator for the festival was Val Dyson, a pianist, trombonist and ABRSM examiner who retired two years ago from her post as Head of Music at Durham High School for Girls.

DYM Chair Vanessa Kind said the festival had been a great success. ‘We were so glad to welcome Val as our adjudicator. Her comments were enthusiastic, interesting and positive.’

The afternoon was enjoyed by audience and performers alike and was a real celebration of music-making in the best traditions of DYM.’ As well as pianists, violinists, a harpist and a trumpeter were among the performers.  

The winner of the Junior Cup was pianist Kevin Yang and the runner-up was harpist Joshua Greenwell. The Intermediate Cup was won by pianist Ruixuan Li and the runner up was violinist Jean Etchells. Jean was also awarded the Jack Smith Trophy for the most promising performer. The Senior Cup - the Richard Fong Trophy - was won by pianist James Barker and the two runners-up were pianists Moses Hung and Michael Hampshire.

Lecture Recital – DYM’s 50 th Anniversary

In 2019 DYM will be celebrating its 50 th anniversary. In honour of this event, we are pleased to announce that Anthony Williams will give a lecture recital later in the year in Durham to celebrate DYM’s anniversary.

Exam Results

We are very pleased to announce the following examination results from our DYM musicians:
Kevin Yang, Grade 1, piano, distinction
Ebunoluwa (Ebun) Adewumi, Grade 2, piano, merit
Lucy Dews, Grade 3, piano, pass
James Humphries, Grade 5, trumpet, merit
Sebastian Hughes-Piñan, Grade 3, piano, merit
Riuxuan Li, Grade 5, piano, distinction
Charisse Lim, Grade 5 piano, pass
Selina Zhu, Grade 5, theory, distinction
Michael Hampshire, Grade 6, piano, pass

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