Gold Medal Concert Guildhall School of Music and Drama
The Mistress and I were guests of the GSMD at this annual concert for the coveted prize of the Gold Medal. The prize was established in 1915 by Sir Dixon Kimber and has launched the careers of many professional musicians. Previous winners include Jacqueline du Pre and Bryn Terfel. Each year the prize alternates between vocalists and instrumentalists and this year was the turn of the instrumentalists. Two pianists and a harpist gave incredible performances, a piano concerto by Prokofiev, the Rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto and the concerto for Harp and orchestra by Ginastra. Oliver Wass was declared the winner for his stunning performance of the Ginastra Harp Concerto. How difficult it must have been though to choose between these three wonderful performances. Other members of the Livery were also present and we had a very select reception provided for us by the GSMD before the concert and during the interval. A wonderful evening.