YOUNG PIANO STARS BATTLE FOR TOP PRIZE

Press Release

Issued: 30 June

FINALSROBERTWILLIAM & FLORENCEAMYBRANTINTERNATIONALPIANOFORTECOMPETITION 2008

SATURDAY 12 JULY 2008, 7PM
TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAM

Event info

With a first prize of £3000 at stake, three young pianists will battle it out in the final stage of the Robert William & Florence Amy Brant International Pianoforte Competition at Town Hall Birmingham on Saturday 12 July (7pm). Whittled down from an initial 22 competitors, the three finalists will each perform a 40-minute recital of their own choice of works by three different composers.

One of the region?s most prestigious music competitions, the Robert William & Florence Amy Brant International Pianoforte Competition is now in its 29th year and has produced former winners including renowned pianists Mark Bebbington (one of this year?s judges) and Roger Owens. Last year?s winner, Chinese pianist Di Xiao, was subsequently nominated as the UK?s representative for the European Concert Hall Organisation?s Rising Stars series and will embark on a major European recital tour in October.

Following a gruelling selection process over the previous weekend (at CBSO Centre), the three finalists will be chosen from the 22 entrants by a distinguished jury comprising Andrew Ball FRCM (pianist and Professor at the Royal College of Music), former winner Mark Bebbington (pianist) and Paul Keene (Director of Programming and Projects, Town Hall and Symphony Hall).

The competition Finals are on Saturday 12 July, 7pm at Town Hall Birmingham. Tickets are available from www.thsh.co.uk or Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office on 0121 780 3333.

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Note to Editors

Link to concert page: http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/the-final

The competition is open to entrants of any nationality resident in Great Britain and between the ages of 20 and 28. Each finalist gives a 40 minute recital of their own choice of three different composers. Further info and competition rules: http://www.thsh.co.uk/brantcompetition. Please note: the preliminary and semi-final rounds are at CBSOCENTRE.

Last year?s winner Di Xiao begins her European tour as an ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Star at Town Hall Birmingham on 26 October.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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