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 2013

The Rotary Avon Young Musicians Awards competition is very prestigious and is designed to support talented young musicians in furthering their musical studies. Six contestants were selected from the three heats held in June. Some 350 people packed into the Great Hall of Bristol Grammar School on Friday 11th October to hear them play a varied programme. Entrants were no more than 18 years old on 31st July 2013
The contestants, who each performed three pieces, were Fred Moore (Cello), Frances Hawkins (Soprano), Yennah Smart (Violin), Patrick Hegarty (Spanish Guitar), Ilaria Giovannoni (Piano), Amelia Gilmartin (Violin) all of whom study at local schools or academies. The panel of three adjudicators was headed by Professor John Pickard from the University of Bristol.
The standard of the performances was, as ever, of a high quality with each contestant performing a programme that demonstrated both their and their instrument’s versatility.
The Awards were presented by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Faruk Choudhury, with the winner being Patrick Hegarty. Patrick received a cheque for £300 and the runner up, Amelia Gilmartin, received a cheque for £200. It is notable that 2013 was the first year that a Spanish Guitar had been played in this contest.
Invitations for the 2014 Rotary Young Musicians competition will be issued to all schools and academies in January 2014. The first heat, sponsored by Thornbury, will be held on Tuesday 24th June at Henleaze United Reform Church. The 2014 Final will be held in the Great Hall of Bristol Grammar School on Friday 10th October at 7.30pm.
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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