The winner of this year's Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition is 13 years old local boy, Lou Warnett. Both Black Cat Music and are delighted to once again be sponsors for the prestigious event.

The Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition has become a prestigious event since its launch in 1966 attracting performers aged 12-21 from the local area and around the country. Talented young musicians each give a short recital in front of two distinguished judges with results announced and awards presented at the end of the day. Competition Secretary Tim Daniell told Black Cat Music, “Lou Warnett’s playing of Beethoven and Chopin left the judges in no doubt about both his musicianship and promise. In a day of sixteen recitals given by young players from all over the country the overall standard was even higher than in previous years.”

Tim continued, "It was a wonderful day of music. In their summaries both judges congratulated performers and their teachers, as well as the performers' parents for providing such a high level of playing on piano, trumpet, harp, violin and marimba."

The awards were presented by the Town Mayor, Cllr Richard Parry, Cllr Dee Morris is Chairman of Sevenoaks District Council and Charles Hebert, Chairman Sevenoaks Music Club. The judges were Ruth Gerald and William Bruce and those who were awarded prizes were:

1st Prize Lou Warnett age 13 (Sevenoaks)

2nd Prize Charlie Lovell-Jones age 14 (Cardiff)

3dr Prize George Harliono age 12 (Saffron Walden)