Season Begins 20-21

William Bracken, Louie McIver piano; Emily Stewart soprano

We present three outstanding young musicians who have all won the Society's Young Musician of the Year Competition and are now well on the way to making successful careers as professional performers. Click here for the link to YouTube, available from 7.45pm on Wednesday 20 January.



Louie McIver - piano. Young Musician of the Year in 2017

     Mussorgsky: Three movements from Pictures at an Exhibition
     Bach: Toccata in G, BWV 916

Louie McIver was born in Wrexham and started piano lessons at the age of five. In 2013 Louie was a winner of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition and subsequently received a BBC commission.
He studied piano with John Gough of Chester and has enjoyed success at the Chester Music Festival, the Wirral Festival and the Alderley Edge Festival. He is now studying music at Cambridge University.

Emily Stewart - soprano. Young Musician of the Year in 2019

     Mozart: Vedrai Carino
     Fauré: Les Berceaux
     Gluck: O Del Mio Dolce Ador
     Schubert: An Die Musik
     Scarlatti: Già, il Sole Dal Gange

Emily Stewart is from Altrincham. She has been singing since primary school and began classical training at the age of 13. She is currently studying Music, Drama and English Literature A-Level at Sale Grammar School Sixth Form. In 2016, Emily began attending the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, where she studies voice and piano. Emily has also been a member of the Halle Youth Ensembles since 2013, and has sung at prestigious concert venues, along side the Halle Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. After Sixth form, Emily hopes to continue her studies at conservatoire, studying to gain her BMus, and pursue a career as an opera and recital singer.

William Bracken - piano. Young Musician of the Year in 2016

     Bach: Overture from Partita No. 4, BWV 828
     Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody in C# minor (original cadenza)
     Beethoven: Sonata Op 81a, 'Les Adieux'

Pianist William Bracken needs little introduction to Chester audiences, having performed many times in our area both as a recitalist and as a soloist with local orchestras. Born into a musical family he began playing the piano at the age of four. In 2013 he received a scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of music to study with Jonathan Middleton at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. In 2016 William was a prize winner in both the junior and senior categories at the Welsh International Piano Competition and was the only successful UK applicant to the prestigious Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany.
​A year later he was awarded a scholarship to study with Ronan O’Hora and Martin Roscoe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he is in his final undergraduate year.