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Test for young musicians

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A TOTAL of 170 aspiring musicians from schools across the region will compete in this year’s British Schools of the Middle East Young Musicians of the Gulf competition (YMOG).

Hosted by St Christopher’s School, the 20th edition of YMOG will feature musicians and vocalists aged between 14 and 17.

They are joining from schools such as the British School Kuwait, Dubai College, The English School Kuwait, King’s School Al Barsha, Sharjah English School, The British School Al Khubairat and others. The competition will also feature around 29 students from St Christopher’s School.

Launched in 1998, the competition acts as a “celebration of young musical talent” in the Gulf and has since been dubbed a highly prestigious event.

The four-day competition will start on January 29 at St Christopher’s School Isa Town campus, while the grand finale will be held on February 2 at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa at 7pm.

This year, the school is welcoming international adjudicators including pianist Ashley Wass, clarinet soloist David Campbell and one of Britain’s leading violinists Matthew Trusler.

“Over 100 students from overseas are participating in the event, of which the standards are really high,” said St Christopher’s School director of music Caron Lisett.

“The participating students actively train and practice music, and we’re really looking forward to hosting this year’s YMOG.”

The musical competition is sponsored by Euro Motors and Ambassador Stores, while Yamaha has provided one of its Dubai-based Japanese technicians to attend the event and provide assistance to students.