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Emma Lisney Wins 2016 Oxfordshire Concerto Competition

14th March 2016

Congratulations to Pembroke first year musician Emma Lisney, who on Thursday 10th March produced a winning performance at the 2016 Oxfordshire Concerto Competition Final.

Held at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, the final saw three finalists perform exceptionally, each accompanied by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.

Impressing the judges with her rendition of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63, Emma claimed the £1000 prize and the opportunity to perform with professional musicians over the coming year.

Speaking to Pembroke, Emma expressed her gratitude for the opportunities the competition has given her: ‘It was the most wonderful feeling to play with such a fantastic orchestra and I was thrilled to win.’

Emma followed strong performances by David Mears from Abingdon and the Royal Academy of Music, who tackled Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, and Myrddin Rees Davies from St Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford, who played Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major.

Dr Guy Newbury, who attended the competition final, commented on her winning performance: ‘Emma had the mark of relaxation, coming from complete confidence in her part. She and John Traill seemed to inspire equally poised playing from the orchestra, relishing the intricacies of the score.’

Pembroke has a vibrant music community, with weekly recitals organised by Dr Newbury taking place each term, featuring current students as well as alumni.