I am delighted to share with you that piano works by various composers published by EVC Music are now included in the programme of the prestigious Feurich Competition 2018 in Vienna.
Many congratulations to the winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition 2017 in the United States and I am looking forward to welcoming you all at the Winners Recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 5th, 2018.
Minerva Cao (USA)
Deva Sengun (Germany)
Victor Perez (USA)
Jude Fradillada (USA)
Julian Rodriguez (Colombia)
Lauren Lo (USA)
Christina Peng (USA)
A heartfelt thank you to their piano teachers who worked tirelessly on preparing the programmes, also organisers of the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition 2017 and especially to Irina Gorin.
A huge heartfelt congratulation to the current winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize and a massive thank you to all who were involved in the events: performers, adjudicators, volunteers and support teams of family and friends, you are all stars, thank you!
We are delighted to announce the winner of the Elena Cobb Star Prize at February’s Hazel Grove Festival, as nominated by Federation Adjudicator, Caroline Clemmow:
‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Esta Shuttleworth, aged 11, playing ‘Polka Butterfly’.
The winners at Highbridge Festival of the Arts in March, as selected by Federation Adjudicator, Gillian Oswell:
‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Florence Pincott, aged 8, playing ‘Pirate Song’.
‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Katie Redford, aged 9, playing ‘I Ate All the Chocolate’.
‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: prize shared between Sophie Newman, aged 13, playing ’Mrs Van Der Blond’ & Penny Sandford-Hughes, aged 16, playing ‘Blue River’.
The winner of the Star Prize at Cornwall Music Festival in March as selected by Federation Adjudicator Timothy Barratt:
‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Amy Brigden, aged 13, playing ‘Nerdy Cat Twist’.
At Don Valley Festival in March, the winners of the Star Prize were chosen by Federation Adjudicator, Richard Deering:
‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Sam Barlow, aged 9, playing ‘Pirate Song’.
‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Methnuli Rao, aged 9, playing ‘Take Three Jazz Waltz’.
At Richmond upon Thames in March, the Elena Cobb winners were chosen by Federation Adjudicator Susan Clark:
‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Pieter Wepener, aged 6, playing ‘Jingle Bells in London’.
‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Nicolaas Wepener, aged 7, playing ‘I Ate All the Chocolate’.
‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: Mia Wepener, aged 9, playing ‘Star Dust’.
The winners at Perform in Perth were chosen by our Federation Adjudicator Liz Childs:
‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Lucy Robertson, aged 10, playing ‘Take the Tuba’ and ‘Morning at St Paul’s’.
‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Archie Sloan, aged 12, playing ‘Peony Pink’.
‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: Ellie Ridley, aged 15, playing ‘Star Dust’.
Read more about Elena Cobb Star Prize, a new and exciting educational initiative here >
Joint Press Release, March 2017
Fantastic news, The British and International Federation of Festivals, EVC Music and, ABRSM are joining forces!
From 2017, Elena Cobb Star Prize will include a wide selection of music by modern British composers published by Elena Cobb (EVC Music Publications Ltd) and feature Piano Star books 1-3 published by the ABRSM in the Duet & Trios Class and Solo Class for Beginners to Intermediate levels.
There are still three classes available but the main difference is that Elena has decided to introduce a separate class for duets and trios.
- Duets & Trios: Beginners to Late Intermediate, up to Prep Test – Gr. 6 ABRSM level.
- Solo Class: Beginners to Early Intermediate level, up to Prep Test – Gr. 5 ABRSM level.
- Solo Class: intermediate to Advanced level, Gr. 6 – 8 ABRSM level.
Please note that ABRSM grades are used for guidance.
All books by EVC Music and can be ordered from the publisher’s website elenacobb.com or bought at your local music retailer – just ask your friendly shop keeper to order the books from Alfred Music UK (email firstname.lastname@example.org) unless the books are already on the shelves. Piano Star books 1-3 can be ordered from ABRSM’s website click here>> or bought at your local music retailer.
Digitally released piano sheet music and play-along tracks can be ordered on www.elenacobb.com. Once printed, digital pieces will carry a watermark providing a proof of purchase and licence with your order number.
Elena Cobb Star Prize is an innovative opportunity which is designed to increase participation at The British & International Federation of Festivals. To apply, or if you require any additional information, please contact Jazmine email@example.com at Festivals House as soon as possible as funds will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Please click here>> to view a full Elena Cobb Star Prize New Repertoire List.
The British Federation of Festivals
EVC Music Publications Ltd
A Heartfelt Thank you!
Earlier today, I attended the Selston Music Festival, a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals by kind invitation of Susan Wardle and Julie O’Dowd.
I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the event organisers, committee members, teachers Julie O’Dowd and John Dunn, accompanists, and especially, the young stars and their families, and, not to forget, a wonderful audience for receiving my music so warmly.
The Selston Music Festival began as a non-competitive music festival in 1942 and today it is a very popular event in the calendar in the local community. The Festival has always been affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which HM the Queen is patron. More about the festival here.
The Elena Cobb Star Prize
Earlier this year, The British and International Federation of Festivals was delighted to announce that The Elena Cobb Star Prize was included in their Syllabus as in innovative opportunity designed to increase participation. The Selston Music Festival is the first festival in the UK to award The Elena Cobb Star Prize.
It was a real pleasure to watch the contestants who were very well prepared and I was glad that the tough decision of selecting the winner in each category was down to the experienced adjudicator Michael Shelton.
In his comments, adjudicator Michael Shelton was happy to highlight the fact that the music books are well laid out and the scores were easy to read. He praised the contestants on excellent sense of expression and their ability to deliver musical pieces from ‘My Piano Trip To London‘, ‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz‘ and ‘Blue River‘ with with flair and confidence.
Fantastic Team at The Selston Music Festival
The committee have requested that I send you a huge thankyou for letting us take part in your wonderful star prize competition. We were all so pleased to welcome you to Selston. We work so hard all year round to keep the festival going and when we have as successful a day as last Saturday, it makes it all worthwhile. I enjoyed hearing your music so much and we have received some lovely comments from both audience and teachers. We do hope you enjoyed your day with us too.
Susan, joint co-ordinator”