Ascot President Alan Clare with club and district supporters
Delighted to have sponsored 2 finalists, Ascot Rotary Club and Thames Valley are well placed in the front rows
A Warm Welcome to Truro School Chapel
District Governor of Cornwall and West Devon, Stephen Lay
Event kindly sponsored by Harrods
Each winner received £500 in shopping vouchers from Harrods and a trophy
Vocalist Francesca Power of St Mary's School, Ascot
Although one of the youngest competitors, Francesca gave a splendid performance
Robert Cheung takes the stage
His choice of music was Liszt's 'Liebestraum'
A winning performance
followed by 'The Cat and the Mouse' by Aaron Copland
Our hosts' verdict
Robert 'played Liszt and Copland to perfection'
Robert takes his bow
with a winning smile
Robert receives his certificate from Cornwall's Lord Lieutenant
Colonel Edward Bolitho presented framed certificates to all competitors
Robert receives his winner's trophy
Watched by Donna Walbank, Robert is congratulated by adjudicator Frances Eager
Isabelle Atkinson, the winning Vocalist
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth
Winners and runners-up with RIBI Youth Services chairman Donna Walbank
Magnus from Glasgow, Isabelle, Donna, Robert and Marcus from Bishop Stortford
Congratulations to all the Young Musician finalists
'A stupendous afternoon with outstanding performances from all these young people'
A great achievement, Robert. We're all so proud of you
Robert Cheung with Thames Valley District Governor, John Greening
Robert Cheung, a young classical pianist who lives in Old Windsor, became the winner of the Rotary Young Musician Final in Truro at the beginning of May
Thames Valley pianist wins RIBI Young Musician
Beating off strong competition from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and other areas of England, Robert won with a superb performance of Liszt's "Liebestraum", followed by "The Cat and the Mouse" by Aaron Copland. 15 year old Robert’s path to the top began with his winning the local heat of this prestigious competition which was organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot at Charters School in January this year. He then progressed to win the Thames Valley District final in Reading in March, and then the South-east regional final in Kent later in the same month, which gained him a place in the national final. Robert is home-tutored and a pupil of Dr Nigel Wilkinson.
At the final in Truro School chapel, the best young instrumentalists and vocalists from across the British Isles came together for what was a stunning afternoon of musical performances. A team of supporters from the Thames Valley Rotary District and the Ascot Rotary Club were there to support our candidates and were delighted when Robert was named as the winning instrumentalist. Our vocalist candidate, Francesca Power of St Mary’s School, Ascot, also gave a splendid performance, but sadly was unplaced in the vocal section, where she was competing against singers several years older than herself.
The event was sponsored by Harrods, who donated a £500 Harrods Gift Voucher to the winning Instrumentalist and the winning vocalist.
After the competition, Rotary Club of Ascot President Alan Clare said “It has been a stupendous afternoon with outstanding performances from all these young people. Being the sponsor Club to a national winner is the icing on the cake.”
Robert's winning performance
For more information on this quite brilliant young pianist, please see Robert Cheung's website at www.robertcheung.co.uk
RIBI organises a range of youth competitions to encourage young people to develop their skills and talents and the national finals are held each year in a different location. Ask your local club for details
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