Alex Papp (Fifth Form) ‘is one to watch’ – so said Scottish composer and panellist Jennifer Martin at the live final of ‘Notes from Scotland 2017’ on Saturday 17 June where Alex was announced the winner.

The competition is run in partnership between the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and the National Trust of Scotland. Entrants, aged between 12 to 18 years, had to write a two- to five-minute instrumental trio, quartet or quintet piece inspired by one of Scotland’s outstanding landmarks. Alex’s piece, Progeny, was inspired by the landscape of Glen Coe.

It was a competitive field, with entries coming in from as far away as New York City. Only four pieces were taken through to the live final on Saturday – each piece being showcased before the judges made their decision. Jennifer Martin commented, ‘The culmination of projects like Notes from Scotland are always incredibly inspiring. The four finalists have [given] us the full range of emotional responses to the National Trust for Scotland properties which provided their inspiration. Our winner, Alexander Papp, is one to watch!’

As well as the honour and prestige of winning, Alex receives an iPad Pro with music software packages included, as well as VIP access to future RSNO concerts. Alex was justifiably thrilled to win this prestigious award, adding, ‘I never thought I would reach the final so winning it was just a dream come true! I would like to thank the RSNO for giving me this immense opportunity.’

Huge congratulations to Alex on this wonderful achievement!

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