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The Gold Medal 2024

Guildhall School's prestigious prize for musicians

Gold Medal winner Alexandra Achillea Pouta receiving prize from Roberta Alexander

The final of Guildhall School's most prestigious music prize returns with a concert at Barbican Hall, offering the chance to enjoy three concertos by outstanding Guildhall instrumentalists.

Guildhall School’s premier music prize was founded in 1915 and since the 1950s it has been open to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years. Previous winners of the Gold Medal include Jacqueline du Pré OBE (1960), Tasmin Little CBE (1986), Sir Bryn Terfel CBE (1989).

This year is the turn of the instrumentalists, Heather Brooks (harp) Kosuke Shirai (clarinet) and Strahinja Mitrović (double bass) who will perform concertos with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Bloxham. The evening closes with the adjudication by the panel of leading experts from the classical music industry and announcement of the winner.


Heather Brooks harp

Ginastera    Harp Concerto 


Kosuke Shirai clarinet

Copland    Clarinet Concerto


Strahinja Mitrovic double bass

Nino Rota   Divertimento concertante for double bass 

Presented by Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Pictured: 2023 Gold Medal winner, mezzo soprano Alexndra Achillea Pouta © CliveTotman