With our four soloists chosen the 2020 AMC Gold Medal Final, it is now the turn of the ensembles to take centre stage. Last night, four string ensembles took to the Princess Alexandra Hall stage to compete for the £10,000 Section Final win and a chance to perform at the Gold Medal Final. 

First on stage were the London-based Echéa Quartet, who played works by Beethoven, G. Kurtág and Hayden.

Next up, the Fitzroy Piano Quartet chose repertoire including Bridge and Schumann.

After the interval, it was the turn of the Barbican Quartet, who played the Kreutzer Sonata by Janáček.

Lastly, the Halcyon Quartet rounded out the evening's performances with renditions of Schubert, Britten and Haydn.

The jury, made up of David Curtis, Nicola Eimer, Gavin Henderson CBE and Geoff Parkin had the difficult decision of choosing between some fantastic musicians, who each showed their exceptionally technical abilities, musicianship and teamwork.

In the end, it was the Fitzroy Quartet who took home the prize, congratulations!

If you didn't get a chance to attend last night, don't worry, you can catch them at the Gold Medal Final on 1 June at the Southbank Centre. Book your tickets here.

Next up, the Mixed Ensembles Section Final, the most diverse round of the AMC, takes place on Tuesday. Book your tickets here.

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