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Report of our Young Musician Competition on Wednesday 19th January 2011
Kilmarnock Rotary Club held its first Young Musician Competition on Wednesday 19th January 2011.
Entries were sought from local schools and David Jones and Ashley Snaddon represented Stewarton Academy; Calum Cuthbert and Karen Purdie represented James Hamilton Academy; Jenna Campbell represented St. Joseph's while Kilmarnock Academy were represented by Gregor Keachie and Fraser Murray.
The audience was treated to some very fine singing and musicianship in the two sections to the competition.
Our Judges were Elizabeth Clark, a BBC Scotland Senior Content Producer and our own Club President Willie Stewart, a superb singer in his own right who stood in at the last moment when Caroline Hurst, a lecturer in singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama was unavoidably detained in Glasgow.
Elizabeth gave an excellent and encouraging critique to each musician before announcing the winners – solo vocal won by Jenna Campbell and solo instrumental won by Gregor Keachie.
In addition Gregor was chosen as the overall Young Musician of the Year and will have his name engraved on the annual trophy. He will also receive as a prize a Recording Session at Rainmaker Studios, Titchfield St., Kilmarnock.
Both winners are eligible to progress to the West of Scotland District Final to be held at Williamwood High School, Clarkston, Glasgow on the 10th March 2011. Thereafter winners go on to a Regional Final followed by the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) Young Musician 2011 final on Saturday 14th May 2011 in Bedford.
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