30 Rotary Young Musician
The Rotary Club of Thornbury
Avon and Southern Cotswolds Rotary Young Musicians Competitions
Are you an outstanding young musician? If so, we'd like to invite you to take part in our annual Rotary Young Musician Competitions. Members of Thornbury Rotary Club are actively involved in two local competitions, one for competitors in the Bristol area and the other in the South Cotswold area. Lucky you, if you live in Thornbury and can play to Grade 7 or above, you have a chance to enter either or both competitions, and if successful to move through District rounds to the National Finals. What an experience!
Why enter the Rotary Young Musician competitions in particular? Here are some good reasons ...
The opportunity to meet other talented musicians and form 'friendships in adversity'
Substantial cash prizes and opportunity to perform in class venues
A noteworthy addition to include in your CV
The quality of the performers is quite fantastic and even if you decide not to take part as a competitor first time round, then if you can attend any of the competition heats you will not leave without being impressed by the talent that the young people demonstrate. It is a real tonic to see such quality from our young people in contrast to the way they are often portrayed in the media.
Avon Area Rotary Young Musician Competition 2014
The Avon Young Musicians competition is organised by eight Rotary clubs in the area surrounding Bristol. The competition is held in two phases with up to four heats being held in the June of each year and the final in October in the Grand Hall of Bristol Grammar School. The competition is very prestigious and the winner can progress to further levels of Rotary Young Musicians competitions at national level.
This year, given an increased entry, the organising clubs of the Avon Young Musicians Competition decided to hold four heats at the Henleaze United Reformed Church. On 24th June we were entertained by seven contestants that included one vocalist.
The competitors were: Nathanael Shin (Violin) and Yuqi Cheng (Piano) from QEH, Rosie Sewell (Treble Recorder), Laura Grey (Singer), Steffi Loh Sin Yue (Cello)all from Badminton School, Jonathan Hinchliffe (Tuba) from Gordano School and Carlos Rodriguez (Violin) from Cotham School.
The winner was Yuqi Cheng having given a strong and mature performance of Fantasie Impromptu by Chopin and the notably contrasting Paganini Jazz by Fazil Say
Awards were presented by Mike Robinson the President of Thornbury Rotary Club.
The final will be held at Bristol Grammar School on Friday 10th October 2014. Tickets in advance from Richard Craddy on 01454 414842
Southern Cotswold Rotary Young Musician Competition.
The Final of this Competition was held at Sibly Hall, Wycliffe College, Stonehouse on Sunday 23rd February 2014 at 5.30 p.m. Now in its 11th year, it is designed to give young people with musical talent an opportunity to play solo in front of a live audience under competition conditions. Each of the 9 finalists provided performances described by Mike Smith, the Chair of Judges as ‘remarkable’ and ‘astonishing’.
First prize was awarded to Jed Hughes –double bass – who played Elegia by Bottesini and Kicho by Piazzolla. Lydia Kennedy (Rednock School) took Second Prize on alto sax with ‘Dreams of you’ by Dave McGarry, ‘La plus que lente’ by Debussy and ‘Charleston’ by Trevor Hudd. Third Prize went to Daniel Harding (Marling School)- violin – playing ‘Remembrances (from ‘Schindlers List’) by John Williams and ‘Czardas’ by Vittoro Monti.
Magnox, as principal sponsor, and other local sponsors are gratefully thanked for their support.
Details of the 2014/15 competition will be published in September 2014.
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