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The Faw Kirk Competitive Music Festival in Partnership with the Rotary Club of Falkirk will take place on 27th January 2018 in the Trinity Church.


The 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.             

The 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.

Mr. Leitch 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 :-



Both will represent Rotary Club of Falkirk  in the Semi-final being held in Airdrie Lesser Town Hall on Thursday February 16th,2017 at 7.00pm.

Thanks must 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

April 2016

RIBI National Young Musician 2016 Finals

30 April 2016, Shropshire

When 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.


Region 1 Final

Saturday 16 April 2016  

North Inch Community Campus, Gowans Terrace, Perth PH1 5 BF

  • The Final begins at 13.00 prompt
  • 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

March 2016

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.

February 2016

The District Young Musicians Final

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 0AS

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 available

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

January 2016

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.

There 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.

In his 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.

Anna 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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