Last night saw the second of this year's Annual Music Competition Section Finals, with soprano Milly Forrest becoming the second soloist to make it through to the Gold Medal Final. 

She faced stiff competition from three other talented singers, who made the judges decision of who to award the Singers Section win and £5,000 prize to. 

First to take to the stage was soprano Sophie Sparrow, accompanied by pianist Harry Rylance, with a performance of Donizetti, Debussy, Stevenson, Strauss and Ben Moore.

Next up, tenor Ted Black performed a programme of Mozart, Debussy, Sullivan, and Grieg, accompanied by Dylan Perez on piano.

After the interval, it was the turn of soprano Ella Taylor and Leo Nicholson piano, who chose works by Britten, Sofia Gubaidulina, Mozart and Barber, to perform.

Finally, it was the turn of Milly Forrest and accompanist Hamish Brown, who treated the audience to Marx, Strauss, Humperdinck, Cecillia McDowall, and Handel.

Such was the quality on display, it was no easy task for the judges to pick a winner. While they deliberated, the audience enjoyed a glass of wine while they waited in anticipation.

In the end, the panel of James Bailieu, Mhairi Lawson, Njabulo Madlala and Geoff Parkin chose Milly as the winner and recipient of the £5,000 first prize. Congratulations!

She will now go on to compete as one of four soloists in the Gold Medal Final in November. To see who else will be joining Milly, book your tickets for the upcoming Section Finals at


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