Ashby Young Musician Competition January 2018

The Ashby School Ultra Brass ensemble that closed the Ashby Rotary Young Musician competition

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Helen Edwards, a sixth-from pupil at Ashby School, won Ashby Rotary’s Young Musician Competition held at Ashby School on Monday 29 January 2018.
She chose the particularly tricky ‘Hunter’s Moon’ piece for her French horn solo and her outstanding performance of that plus her participation in Ultra Brass’s conclusion to the evening clinched the title for her. She will now go forward to the Rotary District semi-final at Soar Valley Music Centre on 3 March.
Thirty-four talented young musicians in ages ranging from 6 to 17 years entertained the audience on a variety of instruments from clarinet to harp and piano to viola. In the Junior category for 6 to 10 year-olds cornet player Georgie Woodings, cellist Isobel Corby and harpist Annabel Fraser were selected to proceed to the District semi-final.
In the Intermediate class for 11 to 13s, vocalist Darcie Benoit, who accompanied herself on the piano in Eva Cassidy’s arrangement of ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’, went through. Pianist William Chen, trombonist Adam Bailey and pianist David Pacey, whose performances all impressed the judges, joined her.
The senior section for pupils aged from 14 to 17 produced challenging decisions for the judges and after much discussion, they selected solo instrumentalists Helen Edwards (the eventual Young Musician of the Year), French horn player Ellen Bailey for her strong performance of the ‘Romance opus 36’ by Saint Saens and Josh Irving for his lyrical ‘Over the hills and far away’ on his clarinet.