Young Kenthurst cellist Jack Theakston has made the most of our difficult 2020.

While his role as The Galston Concerts Young Musician of the Year was frustrated by COVID postponement of concerts in Galston Uniting Church Jack gained national successes.

As soloist, Jack, aged 13, placed third in the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival Competition – in the 25 years and under section! The contest attracted three hundred on-line applicants from fourteen countries.

Jack’s Piccolo Piano Quartet entered the inaugural Strike a Chord chamber music competition for high school ensembles, organized by Musica Viva Australia, a world-leading concerts network.

From over 100 groups from all states the Piccolos were the youngest of twelve finalists, with other final groups including students from Abbotsleigh, Barker College and The Kings School. Rob Harris and Dorit Herskovits, Co-directors of The Galston Concerts, had already invited Jack to return as Young Musician for concerts in 2021.

“It’s no surprise for us to see Jack’s success. He’s talented, works hard, has strong support from family and his school, Hills Grammar, on a music scholarship.” Jack spends Saturdays at the Sydney Conservatorium’s Rising Stars program, where the Piccolos were formed. He also found time to gain a highly commended place in October’s Sydney Organ Competition, so he makes every post a winner.”

“Young performers like Jack provide next generation highlights to our line-up of professional players, so here’s to great concerts next year.”

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