On Saturday morning, over 60 competitors performed in the 5th S. Anselm’s Piano Competition.  The competition has grown significantly since its inauguration and has become something of ‘must-do’ competition for pianists throughout Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire.

The standard was absolutely superb with full classes and large audiences – particularly at the Finalists’ Concert, held at 2.00pm.

Adwin Gu won the Grade 7 & 8 Trophy with his outstanding Chopin Nocturne in C# minor and Tharuk Sinhonaru won the Most Promising Pianist Trophy from the grade 5 class performing an immaculate Clementi Sonatina in C.


Adwin Gu

Tharuk Sinhonaru 

Our adjudicators

S. Anselm’s pupil Joshua Nuttall was placed first in the Grade 8 Class performing a beautiful Chopin Waltz, James Symonds was placed 1st in the Grade 6 Class performing a dazzling Arne Sonata in F and Jack Keen was placed 2nd in the class, performing a hypnotic and musical Chopin ‘Raindrop’ Prelude.

Adjudication delivered by returning Head of Keyboard at Stowe School – Ben Andrew and newly attending Susie Allan from Shrewsbury School, was extremely professional, leaving competitors with constructive and helpful masterclass-style feedback.

Congratulations to all the young pianists who took part – we look forward to your exciting future in music!