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NEWS: Will Barry wins 2017 Musicians’ Company Young Jazz Musician of the Year Competition

Will Barry (right) receiving the medal from Sir Roger Gifford
Photo credit: Melody McLaren

Pianist WILL BARRY was the winner of The annual Musicians’ Company (Worshipful Company of Musicians) Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition, held at Pizza Express Dean Street on Sunday lunchtime 22 October.

The competition was described as ‘hotly contested’ by Leslie East of the Company, but nevertheless with Will Barry as the ‘clear winner’.

The other finalists in this year’s competition were:

James Copus trumpet
Shirley Tetteh guitar
Lluis Mather saxophone
Will Barry piano
Tim Thornton bass
David Dyson drums

Will Barry (foreground) with L-R Shirley Tetteh, Tim Thornton,
Lluis Mather, David Dysin, James Copus
Photo credit: Melody McLaren

Melody McLaren reports: “I have been to three of these competitions and what impressed me most was how high the standards are, both in playing and in listening. It was very striking to me how impressively the players dovetailed professionally, having only just met.”

The medal was awarded to Will Barry by the current Master of the Musicians’ Company, former Lord Mayor of London Sir Roger Gifford

Guitarist Shirley Tetteh
Photo credit: Melody McLaren

LINK: Worshipful Company of Musicians website

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