Each year a talented group of upcoming musicians are chosen from hundreds of students as the winners of the Boconnoc Music Award. The award was established by Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue, owners of Boconnoc in 2012. The prize constitutes a week’s residency on the estate, with all travel, lodging and costs covered, providing a valuable opportunity for the musicians to work intensively on repertoire and technique in a private and unique environment.
The group who take up residence on the estate for a week in July and perform two concerts to the public; one in Boconnoc Church (19th July) and one in Boconnoc House (17th July). These inspiring concerts enable classical music lovers to see top musicians in the early stages of their development in the beautiful surroundings of Boconnoc.
Previous winners of the award have gone on to do a wide range of work from project managing the Michael Kamen Music Collection to playing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Pablo Ortiz de Urbina said: “There is nothing more exciting than being given an opportunity to be inspired by music and to do so in a peaceful environment. An opportunity like the Boconnoc Award is so valuable to our professional careers and reminds us why we love music so much.”
Tickets are £12 each and can be purchased on the door. If you would like to purchase tickets in advance please contact the Boconnoc Estate Office: [email protected] or call 01208 872507.
About The Kandour Quartet
The Kandour Quartet formed in October 2017, comprising of postgraduate students from London’s Royal College of Music; Aleem Kandour, Iona Allan, Nazli Erdogan, and Robbie Stanley-Smith. Following their debut performance at St Mary Abbots Church in November, they were invited to attend the Sochi International Film Festival and Awards in Russia, performing at both the opening and closing ceremonies. Here they were presented with an award of thanks from the Mayor of Sochi who stated, “The delicate tone, bright musical palette and the aestheticism of the musicians have left an unforgettable feeling and have imprinted it into the memories of all the participants of SIFFA. One of the best memories and feelings of the festival.” Since their formation, they have received coaching from Michael Bochmann, RCM string quartet in residence The Harlem Quartet, as well as string professors; Gabrielle Lester, Richard Lester, and Mark Messenger. In 2018, they have performed in the Lenthall Concert Series – Burford, Hinde Street Methodist Church – London, as well as multiple concerts at the RCM.