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A photo of first prize winner Paloma holding a bouquet of flowers at a piano

Congratulations to third year BMus Music student Paloma Leon who was awarded first place in the Reid School of Music's Tovey Memorial Prize Competition 2023.

The prize, which recognises the Music student who shows the greatest promise in composition or performance, was awarded to the student composer at the competition final on 1 March in the Reid Concert Hall.

Paloma performed her own compositions Tangent of a Butterfly, Movement 1 and Opener on piano. 

The runner-up prize was awarded to fourth-year BMus Music student pianist Theo Vickers, who along with Dima Tang on bass guitar, performed pieces by Gene de Paul and Walter ‘Sonny’ Rollins.

The adjudicating panel comprised composer and musician Phamie Gow, along with Dr Chris Letcher and Dr Phil Alexander from the Reid School of Music.

Congratulations to Paloma and Theo, and to the other three finalists, Esther Leung (piano), Anoukia Nistor (cello) and Oskar Jones (piano).

Sir Donald Francis Tovey

Sir Donald Francis Tovey (1875-1940) was a notable British musicologist, music analyst, composer and pianist. From 1914 until his death in 1940, he was the seventh Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh. He founded the Reid Orchestra and wrote programme notes for the orchestra's concerts. Many of these notes were later formed into six volumes of his Essays in Musical Analysis for which he is best known today.

His archive, including scores, letters, handwritten programme notes and annotations in the scores of others, is housed in the Centre for Research Collections at the University of Edinburgh Library.

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