Bath Voice News: Dorothy does it! Sax appeal ‘raises the roof’ in Bath’s Young Musician of the Year competition in Bath’s Pump Room

The winner of 2023 Bath Young Musician of the Year Dorothy Hodge who raised the roof with her terrific performance on the Alto Sax. She was praised for her ‘virtuosity’ and ‘phenomenal state presence.’ Pictured with the Mayor of Bath Cllr Dine Romero.

Bath Young Musician of the Year 2023 took place on Wednesday October 11 in the Pump Room Bath.
This event featured a group of highly talented young local musicians and an evening of outstanding performances.  It is a much anticipated part of Bath’s musical scene and the Mid-Somerset Festival takes great pride in knowing that many competitors over the years have gone on to enjoy successful musical careers.

The five young performers who took part were: Alexander Bichard – violin, Dorothy Hodge – alto saxophone, Rebecca O’Shea – viola, Indira Pandit –  ‘cello, Amelia Wise – clarinet.

Last year’s winner, Ruben Ridyard returned to play the piano while the adjudicators made their decision.

Comment online included:

Bath Strings Academy What a treat to hear these 5 play last night! Fabulous performances, and a great celebration of all their hard work and passion for music. Congratulations to winner Dotty for a spellbinding display of saxophone virtuosity!

@MidSomersetFest ‘All the performers were fantastic’’ said Simon Kudurand, one of the adjudicators at Bath Young Musician of the Year. Here are the talented 5 with @MayorBath Cllr Dine Romero in the Pump Room @richardwyatt

Dr Bharat Pankhania I had the pleasure to meet the young actors. Their passion, enthusiasm and great acting made me feel, our younger generations bring us much hope.

@MidSomersetFest What a fantastic evening @KESBath for Bath Young Actor of the Year in the presence of Deputy Mayor @doctorshaib and Deputy Mayoress Alison Pankhania. Thx to adjudicators Rebecca Thompson and Jean Marc Perret, to the organising committee, KES, parents, teachers and competitors