Success for Southport Young Musician of the Year

As Southport Young Musician of the Year (SYM) enters its fourth year, current champion 17-year-old Angelina Dorlin-Barlow reflects on the opportunities it’s brought, and what the future holds…

“Southport Young Musician has been a great experience. It’s made me a much better musician as I’ve been told from someone else’s point of view how to improve my playing and singing.

“It’s a great performance opportunity and it’s lovely to appreciate the performances of other contestants! It’s a great competition and there are so many benefits to take away.”

Royal performance

Angelina won SYM twice – the first and third years. Her success since, which includes singing with a choir on BBC radio, performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and singing a solo in front of HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York, has been thanks to hard work and good mentors.

Her parents weren’t musical but when they noticed six-year old Angelina showing promise they took her to piano lessons, quickly followed by violin and singing classes.

Mum Amanda explains, “Angelina’s musical activities have evolved, it was never a specific plan, but she’s been very fortunate that her first teachers were very good, encouraging her to enter auditions and perform at festivals. It was just for experience initially but winning prizes and gaining places at national and regional ensembles has built her confidence and since joining JRNCM in 2013 she has really flourished.”

Angelina attends Merchant Taylors’ in Crosby, as well as the Junior Royal Northern College of Music Saturday school. So, how does she do it?

“Hard work, practice, getting lots of experience (for example entering this competition), making sure I take opportunities and keeping motivated to be the best I can be. It’s very important to stay inspired, to be inspiring, to love what you do and share that love with others. Competitions like SYM give you the opportunity to share what you love.”

What now for Angelina?

“I hope to go to Cambridge to study music with a choral scholarship, and then to do a post grad in opera, or to go straight to conservatoire to study opera. I’d love to be a professional opera singer and perform all around the world. I also want to keep up with piano and violin, and keep singing and playing other genres of music but I’m not too sure yet how to make everything work!”


Angelina’s highlights:

  • Aged 10, accepted into the National Children’s Orchestra, (Northerlies)
  • A member of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
  • In 2015, winner of the first Southport Young Musician competition, resulting in her own recital, performing on all three instruments.
  • Performances include: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and with orchestras and choirs on tour in St
  • Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Notre Dame Cathedral Paris, and at the Last Post ceremony in Ypres.
  • In 2015, at her school cadet centenary service, she was the soloist with chamber choir, singing for the guest of honour HRH Prince
  • Andrew Duke of York.
  • Performed with the choir in the Cambridge chapels of Kings College and St John’s college, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

She was accepted into The National Youth Choir of Great Britain from age 14 and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra membership from 14.


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