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Man Lok Tsang Wins Young Musician of the Year 2020

Congratulations to Year 11 student Man Lok Tsang, winner of the Hawke’s Bay Young Musician Of The Year, with a first place prize of $1,500 and recipient of the Peter And Valerie Williams Cup.


This is a huge achievement and an extremely proud moment for Man Lok, her whānau in Hong Kong, her tutor Sarah Delany and the entire School community. A special thank you also to her accompanist, Sarah Lee.

The following is quoted from the Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ – Hawke’s Bay media release dated 11 September 2020.

Flute player Man Lok Tsang is the Hawke’s Bay Young Musician of the Year.  On Friday evening, 11 September she was presented the Freemason’s District and Charity Young Musician of the Year first prize of $1500 by senior Freemasons Nigel Friggens and Paul Britten, and the Peter and Valerie Williams Cup.

Man Lok with adjudicator Susan Smith of Auckland and Freemasons Nigel Friggens and Paul Brittin.

Adjudicator Susan Smith says Man Lok is a superb musician performing above her age group.  Man Lok’s winning performance was a Bach Sonata, part of a Mozart quartet for flute and Chaminade’s Concertina, Opus 107.

Man Lok and adjudicator Susan Smith

Mary McHattie, Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ was thrilled with the overall quality of the event, and that Level 2 restricted the whole of the Blyth Performance Arts Centre to a total of 100 people, including performers, which resulted in a ‘sold out’ concert.

“We look forward to having a genuine sell out concert in normal circumstances again one day, but our select audience had a very special treat seeing and hearing these talented young musicians perform in our prestigious classical music award,” she says.

The Young Musician of the Year 2020, Man Lok, is from Hong Kong and has been a student at Woodford House in Havelock North for three years.  She has played flute since she was six years old and currently learns from music teacher Sarah Delany.  Man Lok is involved in many other musical activities including the Woodford House Chapel Choir, orchestra, chamber music groups and the flute choir.  In the 2020 Hawke’s Bay District Chamber Music contest she was a member of the Mima Trio which placed Highly Commended. Man Lok has passed advance music exams with distinction and is working on her licentiate.

Man Lok Tsang, Year 11

Man Lok and accompanist Sarah Lee

Man Lok and tutor Sarah Delany

In second place was Ivy Wu, who was awarded $750 and the Walter and Beryl Gollner Memorial Cup. Ivy studies violin with Marian Stronach and is a student at Napier Girls’ High School.  It was her first year competing in YMY, playing pieces by Bach, Corelli, Grétry and a lively arrangement of a traditional Russian tune ‘Black Eyes’.  Ivy is the leader of the Hawke’s Bay Youth Orchestra which presents regular concerts and she has competed in Easter competition and chamber music events.

Pianist Savannah Lomas was placed third and awarded $500, sponsored by Hawke’s Bay Vascular.  She has had piano lessons since age four and currently studies with music teacher Jan Beck.  Savannah is also a student at Napier Girl’s’ High School where she is involved in chamber music, orchestra, and barbershop.

“Hawke’s Bay is fortunate to have young musicians playing at such a high standard, and all the contestants played well – we enjoyed some superb music,” said Auckland adjudicator, Susan Smith.

The remaining finalists were each awarded $150:

Virginia Baird, piano, student of Frances Te Weehi and at Iona College

Quinn Le Lievre, piano, student of Jan Beck and at Lindisfarne College

Charlie Williams, piano, student of Dermot Horne and at Napier Boy’s High School.

Adjudicator  Susan Smith commented positively about Virginia playing her own composition as “very brave and a beautiful piece of music”, she said Quinn is “highly talented” and Charlie as having “clear strengths in his playing.”

This is the 37th year of the event which is organised by the Hawke’s Bay Registered Music Teachers to encourage their advanced music students to gain performance skills and confidence.  It is open to young local singers, pianists and instrumentalists.

IRMTNZ – HB is grateful for the support of sponsors: Freemasons’ Districts and Charity which have committed to be sponsors for three years.  Also Creative Communities Napier City, First Light Community Foundation, Bernard Chambers Charitable Trust, an anonymous donor, and Hawke’s Bay Vascular.

The Williams Cup, Flowers and First Place Prize

Man Lok and supporters

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