Local musician Zoë Perkins delighted the audience and her family and friends by delivering spectacular performances at the recent Brass Final of the Young Musician of the Year 2016 competition. Click on the video below to see Zoë on BBC TV.
Zoë said, “I found the overall experience very exciting and very useful.”
“The build-up to the day was very exciting, with all the filming and the practicing, and the day itself was very thrilling. I was inevitably nervous but, by the end, it was pure enjoyment.”
Asked about the immense pressure of the event, Zoë replied, “I learnt a lot from performing under such a large amount of pressure, and ended up forgetting about the cameras when I was on stage playing.”
Zoë sees the event as a huge learning opportunity. She said, “I think the best part for me is getting the opportunity to view my performance so I can evaluate and see what went well and what could have gone better.”
Zoë was accompanied by Marie-Noëlle Kendall, who was herself a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. “I loved playing with my accompanist Marie-Noëlle Kendall”, said Zoë. “We are a very good team and it’s always a lot of fun performing with her.”
Zoë is currently Principal Trumpet with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and will be studying at the Royal Academy of Music from September. She currently attends Hinchingbrooke School. We wish her well in her future career, and will continue to track her phenomenal progress.
To listen to the recent BBC Radio 3 broadcast featuring Zoë, click on the play icon below.