18-year-old Alicia Hillman from Cannock became Staffordshire’s Young Musician of the Year at the competition final held in Stafford on 10th July 2016.
Alicia, who plays the alto saxophone, was in competition with six other highly talented young musicians performing in front of an audience at the Riverway Centre in Stafford. She received a trophy and £200 prize money. The runner-up was 13-year-old violinist Olivia Howdle from Stafford Grammar School.
Alicia’s winning performance consisted of a lively Tango piece by Piazolla and a Romance by Binge for Alto Sax. In September Alicia will be studying performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire on Saxophone.
Alicia hopes eventually to become a classical saxophonist or help others through music therapy.
The competition is organised annually by Entrust Music and Performing Arts Services supported by The Friends of Staffordshire’s Young Musicians. Guest adjudicator was Malcolm Goldring who has conducted a wide range of choirs and most of the British orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.