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Club Young Musician Competition for 2017-2018 year

Held on 5th July 2017

The Club held its annual Young Musician of the Year competition at Charterhouse , in the RVW room, by kind permission of the School. An appreciative audience of around 50 poeple heard some outstanding playing on clarinet, piano, trombone and viola. Clem Pickering on viola was the winner and Chung Sze Kwok (piano) was placed second. Both will go forward to the next District round. Other participants were Leoni Pickering (Clarinet) and Felix Rockhill (trombone). The comments of the adjudicator, Pamela Lidaiard, Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, were very helpful both to the players and the audience. 

The event was generously sponsored by A J Bennewith & Co, Chartered Accountants, Guildford. Deputy Town Mayor for Godalming Cllr Nick and Mrs Williams presented the prizes. 

Pictured are Pamela Lidiard, Clem Pickering, Heather Pollard (Club President) and Cllr Nick Williams.


Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition
Cardiff  6th May 2017

Godalming College student,  Eyra Norman,  wins National Competition

On Saturday 6th May 2017,  Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, hosted the National Final of the Young Musician Competition 2017. This competition is held every year to encourage young musicians under the age of 18 from the whole of the UK.  This year Eyra Norman, age just 16, and  sponsored by the Rotary Club of Godalming,  won the Young Vocalist category.

Godalming College student Eyra Norman wins National Competition

Eyra Norman receives her trophy and certificate from RIBI President Eve Conway.

The Chair of the Adjudicators in his summing up, commented  on the need for performances to be not only musically and technically correct but also should be able to engage the audience. This Eyra definitely did. There was huge audience appreciation at the end of her performance .  Her first song, ‘Du meines herzens kronelein’,  showed a full understanding of Richard Strauss’ song whilst fulfilling the tricky technical needs.  This was followed by a dramatic rendition of Britten’s  ‘Wild with Passion’ and her final piece was the popular aria from Die Fledermaus , known as the “laughing song” Mein Herr Marquis. It was impossible not to be infected by the humour  that Eyra conveyed and her final top D was sensational. A truly engaging performance all round, and wonderfully accompanied by Haslemere resident, Philippa Topham.

Godalming Rotary Young Musician of the Year

We held our Club Competition in June and the winner will go through to the District Final in February 2017,  together with young singer Eyra Norman.


Winner of the club competition, violinist Violetta Suvini,
with Godalming Town Mayor and the Adjudicator Richard Benjafield

The winner of our Club Competition won through to the National Competition in 2016.



Literacy

The Youth Committee along with the Community Service Committee are supporting one of our local primary schools by helping with reading in the school. A Rotarian goes into the school every day for an hour to listen to the children read. This has proved very popular with both the children and the Rotarians and we are told by the school that the standard of reading is improving dramatically.