Young Musician of the Year 2014
19 talented entertainers 19 performing students from Westhill Academy This year's performers were "brilliant"...not an evening to have missed.
A total of 19 young performers from Westhill Academy took part in the Young Musician of the Year competition, which was held at Trinity Church, Westhill on 25 February. The event wassupported by a large number of families and friends. The audience thoroughly enjoyed an evening of very good music, played on a wide range of instruments, which included the bagpipes, accordion, electric guitars and flutes.
We were fortunate to have a strong panel of judges, which consisted of Prof Pete Stollery, Head of Aberdeen University Music Department, Ken McLeod, former music co-ordinator for Aberdeen City and Westhill Rotarian Morag Simpson and music teacher. In his adjudication, Prof Stollery was very generous with his praise for the very high standard of performances from the competitors and how difficult it had been to select the winners.
In the junior section, Jing Jing Wong on flute was judged to be the winner and Eleanor Cozens on piano the runner-up.
In the senior section, Euan Reid on accordion was the winner and Liam Johnston on electric guitar the runner-up.
The adjudicators declared Euan Reid to be the overall winner and he was presented with the Chap Construction Trophy.
The Iain Grant Memorial Trophy was awarded to Joe Steel for his significant contribution to the Music Department of Westhill Academy.
We would also like to thank Rhonda Pirie of the Music Department and Stuart King, Deputy Head for their support and encouragement and which resulted in such a high turnout of performers.
Westhill Rotary President Jim Arbuckle presented the trophies to the winners, gift vouchers to the winners and runners-up and certificates to all the participants.