Spellbinding performance in a magical setting

On the 17 July, four talented students from the Royal College of Music performed an exclusive concert at Boconnoc House with delicious canapés served by Jamie Oliver’s apprentices.

Each year a group of brilliant 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, providing them with a valuable opportunity to work intensively on repertoire and technique in a private and unique environment.

This year the Kandour Quartet, formed in October 2017, took centre stage. Comprising of postgraduate students from London’s Royal College of Music; Aleem Kandour, Iona Allan, Nazlı Erdoğan, and Robbie Stanley-Smith, performed a number of stunning classical pieces in the Garden Room including pieces by Beethoven, Barber and Schumann. 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.

Speaking about the event Mrs Fortescue said:
“It was an absolute pleasure to have these incredibly talented musicians at Boconnoc, the winners of this year’s music award. Some special thanks also to the Fifteen Cornwall apprentices who prepared and served delicious canapes to our guests – a wonderful celebration of talented young people.”

Previous recipient of the award 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.”