Victoria Gill finalist in the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Christ Church music student Victoria Gill, who was a finalist in the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition held at Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 3rd March.

Victoria began learning the violin at the age of three, and took up the piano at the age of six. She’s taken part in the North London Music Festival, at which she has also won prizes. Victoria has performed at several venues, including the Royal Festival Hall and St Alban’s Abbey, and also performed with her string quartet at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’ Palace. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra for three years, performing at numerous venues including Buckingham Palace and the BBC Proms. She’s currently a third-year undergraduate at Christ Church and is fully immersed in the musical life of the university, having been leader of the Oxford University Orchestra since 2017. She is currently receiving violin lessons from Yossi Zivoni, and next year will take up a place at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has been awarded a scholarship for postgraduate study.

The Oxfordshire Concerto Competition, presented by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and Oxfordshire County Music Service, was launched in 2011/12, and comprises of both a Junior and Senior competition. The competition is open to all instrumentalists who are aged 23 or under on 31st August 2018, who are Oxfordshire residents or students and are in full-time education or on a gap year following A-levels.

After making it through the first two rounds, including playing a movement from a concerto with the County Youth Orchestra in front of a panel of judges, three players make it through to the final, with each performing the complete concerto from which their chosen semi-final movement was taken, together with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Traill, in front of an audience and a panel of five judges. In the final, held at Oxford Town Hall, Victoria played Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, and was awarded the prize of runner up in this year’s competition.