Woking Young Musician of the Year

Another great evening of music-making. We were treated to some thoroughly uplifting performances, not just from the competitors but also from the other award winners: James Cobb (Most Promising Young Singer); Darcy Watson (Most Promising Young Actor); Robert and Tansy Wood, accompanied by their mother, Melissa (Chamber Music); and Jamaal Kashim (Junior Musician of the Year).
The competitors all acquitted themselves brilliantly, but the adjudicator, Ian Jones, finally selected Angela Lau (piano) as the winner, won over by her apparently effortless technical mastery and musicality. Thomas Hammond (oboe) was runner-up and Helena Michels (piano) was awarded third place. We look forward to seeing and hearing more of all those who performed last night as they all showed great promise.
The winner of the Festival's summer school bursary was also announced: Elizabeth Knatt.

Amy Powell

Winner of Dame Ethyl
Smyth Award

Darcy Watson
performing Dreams of
Anne Frank

Most Promising
Young Actor


Jamaal Kashim

Woking Junior
Musician of the

James Cobb

Most Promising
Young Singer

Helena Michels

Third Place


Emilia Pickering

Amber Li

Thomas Hammond

Second Place

Angela Lau

Woking Young Musician
of the Year

Elizabeth Knatt

Summer School


Clem Pickering

Robert Cheung

Robert, Melissa
and Tansy Wood

Chamber Music Award

Angela Lau
receiving her trophy from
Cllr Cundy

Cllr Cundy, Thomas
Hammond, Ian Jones
(adjudicator), Helena
Michels, Angela Lau

All the performers
with the deputy mayor
and adjudicator

Photographs reproduced by kind permission of Tony Charters.

High resolution versions of the above photographs and others taken during the evening can be brought from the Woking News and Mail gallery