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2016 Joint winners: Tom Myles, Clarinet from Regent House School & Grainne White, Violin from Carrickfergus Grammar School.

Since (jointly) winning the 2016 NI Young Musician competition, Tom progressed to the second round of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, performing to a highly respected panel of musicians in Cardiff.  In addition, Tom attained his LTCL (Trinity College) Diploma in Clarinet Performance with distinction. With the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Tom embarked on three highly successful concert tours of the UK including performances in Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and London's Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall. The final tour culminated with Tom making his BBC Proms debut in the Royal Albert Hall in August 2016. Tom is currently working towards his FTCL diploma and is in demand as a soloist around Northern Ireland

 “I’m grateful for the experience of playing in the NI Young Musician competition, seeing it as a valuable stepping stone in my musical career”













Gráinne began playing the violin when she was six years old, and she has been very committed to a variety of orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Ulster Youth Orchestra, and the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra.

She has enjoyed considerable success in many string festivals, taking first place in those at  Holywood and Mossgrove, and she is currently the overall gala instrumental winner at Carrickfergus Music Festival.

Gráinne is the leader of the second violins of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, and she is pictured  receiving the Steven Parker Memorial Award from the orchestra’s conductor, Paul McBride.

Gráinne has been awarded a Music and Dance scholarship to continue her studies at the prestigious Wells Cathedral School in Somerset.


“Winning this competition has been the fulfilment of a dream come true. It was my third time trying to achieve such a prestigious award and to have finally done so means the world to me”