The 2019 Hepburn Music Competition took place over three days, and involved some 320 performances across seven venues, judged by a panel of seven distinguished adjudicators.

The Hepburn Competition is one of the largest musical events of the year, and is effectively a complete music festival with all instruments represented across all age groups.

The finalists’ recital on Sunday evening was an extraordinary and thrilling climax, adjudicated by Will Bersey, Director of Music at The King’s School Canterbury.

Some nine finalists all played Grade 8 and diploma repertoire with impressive precision and convincing musicianship. The evening was a credit to the sustained efforts of individuals and their teachers alike, and bears testimony to the value of the Hepburn and the work of the Music department.

The winner of the Hepburn Cup was Ed Pelham (Sc) on clarinet. As runner-up, Ken Zhao (StA) was awarded the Tatum Cup for his performance on cello, and Harun Tekin (S), vocalist, was presented with the David Bateman Cup.