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Victory for local woodwind star

Posted on 5 May 2020

Former Greenwood Academy pupil and Senior Concert Band member Adam Lee has been awarded the Governors’ Recital Prize for Woodwind.

Using his time at home in lockdown to perfect his woodwind recital, the local clarinettist scooped the top prize in the Royal Scottish Conservatoire’s coveted woodwind music performance competition.

In a notably different format this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Conservatoire moved the music competition online and students were invited to record and submit recital performances from the safety of their homes.

The Governors’ Recital Prize forms part of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire’s annual competition calendar, providing students with a performance opportunity to showcase their music talent.

Following a spectacular performance on Thursday 29 April, Adam was victorious and achieved the top prize.

And, although he couldn’t physically take home a trophy on the day, Adam was highly praised by the final round adjudicator Emmanuel Laville, Principal Oboe of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Still on a high from his win, Adam said: “I'm delighted to be this year's recipient of the Governors’ Prize.

“It's fantastic that we were able to find a way of moving the competition online, so my thanks go to the Artistic Planning Team, the Department and our adjudicator, Emmanuel Laville.

“This presented an interesting challenge, as we had to deliver a programme, originally intended for live performance, online.

“Thanks to the inimitable pianist Scott Mitchell, we were still able to perform with piano accompaniment – so thank you so much to Scott!

“As much as I would've loved to perform live, this has been an incredibly useful experience and most importantly, it gave us a platform to share our music which is so important in these challenging times.”

Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education and Youth Employment, said: “Congratulations go to Adam for this fantastic achievement. We are so pleased that Adam’s exceptional musical talent has been recognised in this way. It is much deserved.

“From his early days at Greenwood Academy, Adam has been a source of inspiration to his fellow young musicians. I am constantly amazed by the enormous musical talent of our children and young people and am grateful for the nurturing leadership of our music services team who ensure that young musician’s aspirations are both realised and celebrated.

Adam Lee