Rotary's Young Musician Competition 2017

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Our club competition was held on Friday 20th January in the Students Union at the Heriot Watt University.
 We have organised this local event for several years. It has always presented the competitors with a challenge - and the audience with the opportunity to enjoy a widely varied programme by talented young instrumentalists and vocalists. This year we had 14 competitors from 5 schools. The standard of music was very high.

Rebecca Pennykid from Deans Community High School came first in the vocal section. Second in the vocal section was Emily Wishart from Broxburn Academy. First in the instrumental section was Fraser Borland from Inveralmond Community High School playing the Baritone Saxophone. Second in the instrumental section was Naomi McLeod playing the Clarinet. Rebecca received the cup presented by Betty Clark in memory of her late husband Rotarian Derek Clark and Fraser the shield presented by the Currie Balerno Rotary Club.   Rebecca and Fraser will now compete in the Edinburgh Area Final to be held at Heriot Watt University, Hugh Nisbet Building, Lecture Theatre 4 at 7pm on Wednesday 15th February. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the evening. £5 admission will buy a wonderful evening’s entertainment.
We are grateful to the Heriot-Watt University and the Students Association for allowing Rotary the free use of their facilities to host this competition. We should also like to acknowledge the support and encouragement the young musicians receive from teachers and families.
 Finally we are very pleased to thank Dr Steve King MBE D.Litt, Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University, for his invaluable contribution and assistance throughout the various stages of this competition.

The second round in the Competition is the Area Final. This is for the Rotary clubs in the Edinburgh and Midlothian area to sponsor young Musicians. This year, at the same venue and on the same evening, we had a competition for young musicians from the Central and West of Scotland. Thus we had two competitions for the price one. It was held at the Heriot Watt University, Lecture Theatre 4 on the evening of Wednesday 15th February.
Over both competitions twelve Rotary Clubs sponsored competitors. There should have been twenty four of them. Unfortunately, four of them had to call off on the day of the event owing to illness of either them or their accompanist. In all there were eight vocalists and twelve instrumentalists. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was our club member and now District Governor Elect Lindsay Craig. We had two adjudicators: Emma Morwood teaches singing at the Heriot Watt University, George Watson’s College and privately. Peter Evans is a pianist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher. He remarked that it was unusual to have so many competitors playing instruments which are not normally played as a solo. These included a Flugel Horn, a Baritone Saxophone and a tuba. Both adjudicators said that the standard of music played by these young people was of a very high order.
The winners in the Central and East competition were: first in the instrumental section Annette Selwyn playing the piano and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Falkirk. Second was Morgan Tait playing the Flugel Horn and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coatbridge, Airdrie and Monklands. The vocal section was won by Kiera  McGuire also sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coatbridge, Airdrie and Monklands. In the City and East competition the winners were, first in the instrumental section Fraser Borland playing the Baritone Saxophone and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Currie Balerno, second was Ben Keay playing the Tuba and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dalkeith. The vocal section was won by Rebecca Pennykidd sponsored by the Rotary Club of Currie Balerno. Second was Alasdair Bissett sponsored by the Rotary Club of Braids.
These seven competitors go through to the District Final consisting of competitors sponsored by clubs from the whole of South and East Scotland. This will again be held at the Heriot Watt University, James Watt centre on Sunday 12th March, commencing at 2.00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend what will be an excellent afternoon of music. Admission is a modest £5 and includes tea or coffee and biscuits