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Barbara Boissard Concerto Competition

Friday 12 February 2016


The Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCMJD) is delighted to announce a new Concerto Competition, named in honour of former RCMJD Director Barbara Boissard, who died in 2015. 

To adjudicate, we are delighted to welcome distinguished RCM clarinet professor and RCMJD alumnus Michael Collins.

Barbara Boissard FRCM was Director of the RCMJD from 1975 – 1983. A highly respected piano teacher, she is remembered fondly by her former students. Miranda Francis, current Head of Junior Programmes writes, “Notable alumni from Barbara’s years at the Royal College of Music include Julian and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Imogen Cooper and Michael Collins, so we are particularly delighted that Michael is able to adjudicate”.

Talented young students from the RCMJD have been invited to perform a movement from a major concerto in the competition on 27 February 2016. The winner will be invited to perform their concerto with the RCMJD Sinfonia Orchestra in June 2016.

The competition forms part of the RCM Junior Department’s forthcoming 90th Birthday Celebrations, more details of which will be announced soon.

Image: Michael Collins © Ben Ealovega