Rotary club of Sandbach organised the regional final of Rotary Young Musician competition in Sandbach. Two young musicians (one vocalist and one instrumentalist) won in each categoryand they will now participate in the National final.

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Regional Final


The regional finals of the Rotary Young Musician were held on Saturday 23rd March, hosted by the Rotary Club of Sandbach and organised by Rtn. Adrian Ramsden, ably assisted by members of the Interact Club of Sandbach and other helpers.

The Young Musician Competition offers to young people across Great Britain and Ireland the opportunity to develop their musical talent and personal confidence.

Winners at district level – 6 vocalists and 5 instrumentalists – gathered at Sandbach High School to be judged for a place in the regional final. Contestants, supported by Rotary clubs in Districts1180, 1190 and 1285, came from North Wales, Wirral, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire.

The music ranged from Mozart and Schubert to Frank Wildhorn and Joe Satrioni and the instruments from cornet to harp.

At the end of the day, certificates were presented by Tony Graves, District Governor of Rotary District 1285 who said that the audience had been treated to a day of marvellous examples of musical ability at a very high standard.

The adjudicators were Nigel Birch, Judith McAuslan and Simon Robertshaw,.

Nigel has been performing for many years as a vocalist and instrumentalist and for the last 30 years has been Musical Director of Lions Youth Brass. He is also a tutor for the Love Music Trust, working in local primary schools

Judith is a strings and singing graduate of RSAMD and RNCM. She has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe and has a busy strings and singing practice in Cheshire with a focus on the musical development of teenagers.

Simon is a composer, conductor and arranger. He studied in Vienna and at the RNCM before playing violin with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for 14 years. Last year he had a UK tour with his orchestra, "The Scaparis".

The adjudicators said that they felt privileged to be asked to judge a group of young people – of different ages and different abilities – who had performed at such a high standard. They gave useful advice to the contestants on how to develop and improve their public performances before announcing the winners.

The winner in the vocal section was Jay Broadhurst, age 17, a student at Bury Grammar School and supported by the Rotary Club of Tottington and Bury West. Rhian-Carys Jones, aged 18 and Florence Bunday, aged 17, were highly commended.

In the instrumental section the winner was Alexandra Clarke (flute), aged 17, a student at Kirkham Grammar School and supported by the Rotary Club of Kirkham and Rural Fylde. Angharad Huw (harp), aged 18 was highly commended.

The winners will go forward to the national finals of Young Musician to be held in Colchester in May.

Rtn.John Higgins (Publicity Officer)