Young Musician of the Year

Mon 24th November 2014 at 18.30 - 21.30

A highlight of the Rotary Year

One of the highlights of the Rotary year is our Young Musician Competition. This is the fourth year of the contest involving five schools in the area and it was a wonderful event offering young people the opportunity to express their hopes and talents.

The competition where each school can present an instrumentalist and vocalist was held, once again, at New Laigh Kirk in Kilmarnock on 24 November. The audience comprised friends and family members, teachers, members of the public and organising Rotarians.

The overall trophy winner last year was pianist, Paraschiva Florescu of James Hamilton Academy and she was again triumphant although she faced stiff competition from contestants from other schools including Kilmarnock Academy, St Joseph`s Academy, Stewarton Academy and Grange Academy. The winning vocalist was Kirsten Milligan of Grange Academy. The winner of each category received a Rotary quaich.

But this is not the end of the story for the winners of the engraved trophies. They will go forward to the West of Scotland final at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow on 7 February, followed by another round (all Scotland and North East England) before, hopefully, reaching the national final  in Darwen, Lancashire, on 16 May which is organised by Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI).

There is no restriction on the kind of music performed by the contestants, providing the lyrics are suitable for a family audience. In the past, we have suggested two contrasting pieces be performed and they have the choice to be accompanied if they wish.

We are indebted once again to New Laigh Kirk for providing the venue and we sincerely thank the adjudicators, Mrs Kirsty Bell and Mr Drew Keachie, and the accompanist, Mr Joe Auld for their services.

This event involves many Rotary volunteers and it was a very special evening, but most important of all, it was enjoyed by the young musicians who have benefited from the experience.

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