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Issued: June 19, 2019
NOTE TO MEDIA: This release will be of particular interest to journalists covering the Witham, Braintree and Colchester areas.

Witham clarinettist prepares for Essex Young Musician of the Year competition

PICTURE: A picture of Louise Chappell to accompany this media release can be downloaded HERE


Clarinettist Louise Chappell will be among the 15 musicians competing for the title Essex Young Musician of the Year on Sunday, July 7.

Louise, from Witham - who has been playing for 14 years - has just finished her BMus (Hons) Performance degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is looking to throw herself into as many different performance situations as possible. 

She said: "Since studying at Trinity Laban I've had many performance opportunities
and these included the annual clarinet, woodwind and soloist competitions. 

"I've had the privilege to be a two-time winner of the Trinity Laban Wilfred Hambleton Clarinet Competition and I enjoy how competition brings the best preparation and performance from musicians which in turn facilitates your own development which is always important."

The former Colchester Institute, Braintree Sixth Form and Notley High School student is looking forward to the competition, organised by Ongar Music Club, which is being held at the Budworth Hall, Ongar.

Louise said: "The Essex Young Musician of the Year competition is such a high profile event in the area and I look forward to the intense preparation required and the ability to hear and learn from the other talented musicians taking part. 

"In addition, the competition provides such great feedback from the panel who are professionals in their field and I'm always looking for more opportunities to learn from the best!"

Louise already has a host of public performances under her belt, including performances with the London City Philharmonic, the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London; the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall; the London Beethoven Orchestra; the Women of the World Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall; and at the London 2012 Paralympics.

At the Young Musician of the Year competition Louise will perform Widor's Introduction et Rondo for Clarinet and Piano; Martinu's Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano and Horovitz's Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano.

Louise, who also plays saxophone, flute and piano to Grade 8, hopes to fulfill a career in musical theatre.

She said: "I have the skills on multiple instruments to be able to do so and I love working in the unpredictability of live theatre.

"I'm currently working with West End musicians and I'm loving it! In addition, I'm starting to make a name for myself as an orchestral bass clarinettist and I'd love to continue with elements of this throughout my career."

She added: "I am very passionate about education projects and chamber music; quite often combining the two. I love the portfolio career aspect of the music profession and I’m already beginning to build solid foundations for teaching, collaboration with composers and other educators and working closely with chamber ensembles. 

"This is something I wish to develop throughout my career as well as continuing my position of Orchestral Manager of Cinematic Syncopations Orchestra; an orchestra dedicated to childrens education through the medium of film music."

Audience admission on July 7 costs £10 per ticket. 

The first round commences at 11.45am and is open to the public, and the public final will take the form of a concert which will commence at 6.30pm.

Ongar Music Club's distinguished patron, pianist John Lill, will be the chairman of the adjudicators at the final.

Ongar Music Club chairman Jane Webster said: "We are delighted with the number of young people who have contacted us this year and look forward to a super day of music-making from the competitors. 

"Audience members are welcome to come and go during the day, and their all-day £10 ticket admits them to the final in the evening too."

Tickets will be available on the door or can be booked in advance by emailing 

For more details about the competition go to
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