From Faw Kirk Competitive Music Festival
Anna Michels, the winner of the third prize at the RIBI National Young Musician 2016 Finals
FAW KIRK COMPETITIVE
MUSIC FESTIVAL IN
CLUB OF FALKIRK
- 28TH, JANUARY,
competition was held successfully on the above captioned date. Five competitors
took part, 2 playing Cello, 1 Piano, 1 Bagpipes and 1 playing both Cello and
Piano. All played their various pieces extremely well.
adjudicator, Mr.John Leitch, who spent his working life teaching in Ayrshire,
was appointed Principal Teacher of Instrumental Music in 1995 and is now Course
Director for the West of Scotland Orchestral Trust.
outlined the various melodic qualities of each player, emphasising the little idiosyncrasies
of tone, melody, phrasing etc., that led to each and all of the competitors
playing to a very high standard.
It was a
very difficult decision to pick winners as Mr.Leitch outlined but he chose :-
ROBBIE MACISAAC (BAGPIPES) AS THE
ANNETTE SELWYN (PIANO) RUNNER-UP.
represent Rotary Club of Falkirk in the Semi-final being held in Airdrie Lesser Town Hall on
Thursday February 16th,2017 at 7.00pm.
go to Mr.John Leitch for adjudicating, Mr.John Gray of Coatbridge for attending
our event and who will be organising the Semi-final in Airdrie, to Depute Provost John Patrick for his great
support, and especially Gillian Gardner, Bob & Christine Tait and Bill
Mitchell who, together made the day a great success.
Thanks to all who helped and attended.
John Leitch the adjudicator and Hugh Gillespie from RCF with the contenders
Young Musician 2015-16
RIBI National Young Musician 2016 Finals
30 April 2016, Shropshire
an e-mail from Dr Jo McGettigan dropped into Secretary Robin’s inbox last
November little did we believe that ten good souls from Falkirk, six Rotarians
and four wives, would be making their way to the RIBI Young Musician of the
Year 2016 final in Telford at the end of April. But that is exactly what
happened. Jo’s talented daughter, Anna - a brilliant pianist- won the inaugural
Faw Kirk Music Festival, which the Club supported, then the Area Final at
Airdrie, the District Final at Heriot-Watt University, the Regional Final at
Perth and ended up placed a highly creditable third in the National Final at
Telford. Ahead of Anna were Xander Croft, currently the leader of the Junior
Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra - the overall winner - and
Heledd Gwynant, an outstanding percussionist. Significantly the Chief
Adjudicator stated that all fifteen competitors in the vocal and instrumental
sections have the ability to become professional musicians.
So the Falkirk ten enjoyed a day of wonderful
music played by highly talented young people and even the M6 car park of the
day before was forgotten. We were also made very welcome by our Rotarian
colleagues of District 1210 to a perfectly organised event. Rotarians Robyn
Davies and Barry Picken were in charge, Robyn looking after the musical
programme and Barry compering the day impeccably. As well as introducing the
competitors in a manner making them all comfortable, he gave us a brief history
of the Industrial Revolution which began in Coalbrookdale with the building of
the Ironbridge. Indeed several of us enjoyed Ironbridge, the china museum and
the Victorian Village at Blists Hill on the Sunday.
Back to Jo McGettigan’s e-mail to Robin which
sought Rotary support for Anna, who had been first equal with Ian Clarke at the
Glasgow Music Festival in 2015. Ian went on to be RIBI Young Musician of the
Year 2015 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arran. Hence Jo’s e-mail, the Club’s
involvement and the adventure which followed, topped by Anna’s achievement and
the ten Bairns trip to Shropshire.
Anna is sponsored by Falkirk Rotary Club which, along with Falkirk
Council, supported Falkirk Trinity Church’s music festival in January.
16 April 2016
Inch Community Campus, Gowans
PH1 5 BF
- The Final begins at 13.00
- Each competitor has a time
limit of 10 minutes, performing two contrasting items
- There will be a maximum of 16
competitors, 8 vocalists and 8 instrumentalists
- The Adjudicators’ remarks are
scheduled for 16.45 approx with the Presentation of Awards at 16.55 approx
- Admission is free
Update from Bill
Young Pianist Progresses to Regional Final
Anna Michels, the winner of the inaugural Faw Kirk Music
Festival in January, won the instrumental section of the Rotary District Young
Musicians Final at Heriot-Watt University on Sunday. Anna, sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Falkirk, will now compete at the Rotary Regional Final in Perth
on 16 April for a place in the National Final at Telford a fortnight later.
The District Young
Our candidates in the Young Musician of the Year
competition, singer and song writer Eilidh Park and pianist Anna Michels, were
both selected at the Area competition at Airdrie on February 10th to go forward
to the District final.
The District Final will be held at 2.00pm on 6th March 2016 at James Watt
Centre Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. The whole competition may take until
5.00pm District Governor's Brunch @ 12:15 pm in Cafe Clio at Heriot-Watt (cost
to be confirmed). Book for this through Bill Laurie ASAP
Young Musicians 2016
District 1020 Central and West Area Final
Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 7.00 for 7.30pm
Airdrie Lesser Town Hall, Stirling Street, Airdrie ML6
13 competitors including Anna Michels, pianist, and
Eilidh Park, singer accompanying herself on guitar; our candidates from the
competition on 23 January
Admission free but the opportunity to make a donation
John Gray, the organiser of the final, advises that
parking is street only and can be difficult but there is a cafe in the hall
next to the venue for early comers
The Faw Kirk
Competitive Music Festival in partnership with the Rotary Club of Falkirk and
supported by Falkirk Council had its inaugural competition in Falkirk Trinity
Church on 23 January 2016. Six young musicians took part in the Festival which
was hosted by organist Robert Tait and adjudicated by John Leitch, Chairman of
the Ayrshire Music Festival. The event began with Provost Pat Reid presenting
Robert with a cheque for £500 to assist with the development of the Festival.
followed delightful performances by vocalists Eilidh Park and Mhairi Sharkey,
cellists Anna Dougan and Sarah Laing, pianist Anna Michels and clarsach player
Nadia French, all very much enjoyed by an appreciative audience.
adjudication Mr Leitch emphasised that the competitors should ensure that they
view their pieces as complete performances from beginning to the very
end. He than made helpful and constructive comments to each competitor.
Michels, who played a Liszt sonnet, was declared the winner and gained the
prize of £50. Eilidh Park took the runner-up place, singing her own composition
and accompanying herself on guitar. Anna and Eilidh will now take part in the
Rotary District Central and West Area final on 10 February in Airdrie Lesser
Town Hall at 7.30pm.
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