Young Musician Competition (vocalist)

Wed 23rd November 2016 at 18.30 - 21.00

The competition was held in Cowbridge School to an enthusiastic audience

Llantwit Major and Cowbridge Rotary clubs held their Young Musician (vocalist) competition in Cowbridge School on the evening of Wednesday 23rd November. There were 9 competitors from singing a wide range of classical, light and popular songs. Rhianna Hogg started off the evening with the well-known Walking in the Air from 'The Snowman' followed by Oom Pah Pah from the musical 'Oliver' written by Lionel Bart. Next was Megan Lowrie who sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow from the 'Wizard of Oz' then When Daisies Pied by Thomas Arne. Alice Voisey Smith began with a song in Italian, Scarlatti's O Cessate Di Piargarmi and followed on with a contrasting song from the Musicals genre Sound of Music. Ruby Davies sang How Could I Ever Know from 'The Secret Garden' then Think of Me from 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Ioan Wardhaugh sang in Italian Amarilli, Mia Bella by Caccini and finished with Luck be a Lady from 'Guys and Dolls', followed by Tom Hamilton who also sang an Italian song Per la Gloria D'adorarvi then from 'Les Miserables' he gave his rendition of Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.

The judges could not separate the second and third prize winners, so opted to award joint second place to Patrick Sheppard and Seren Hamilton. Patrick's first song was Ich Liebe Dich by Grieg followed by Corner of the Sky from 'Pippin' by Stephen Schwartz. Seren performed Caro Mio Ben by Guiseppe Giordani with the contrasting Maybe I Like it This Way from Andrew Lippa's 'The Wild Party'. The first prize in this competition went to Charlotte Adams who for her first piece sang in German Schumann's Widmung. Her second piece Vanilla Ice Cream from 'She Loves Me' by Bock and Harnick was sung with great humour and dramatic style. When the judges retired to make their very difficult decisions, the audience was treated to a quartet of very talented young ladies Sarah Jones, Emily Jenkins, Aisling McCormack Thomas and India Maurice, who sang a medley of songs by ABBA then All I want for Christmas is You in close harmony. We were told that the arrangements for these songs had been put together by the girls themselves. Next in the entertainment we were treated to some wonderful jazz music by trumpeter Tom Graham Jose. Jazz is not the easiest of music to play, but accompanied on the piano by Head of Performing Arts, Adrian Colborne, he gave a wonderful performance of Doxy by Sonny Rollins, then Song for my Father by Horace Silver and lastly Cantaloupe Island by Herbie Hancock, with plenty of improvisation.

The judging panel comprised professional soprano Iona Jones, operatic baritone Wyn Pencarreg and retired Head of Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Music Service Jeff Davies. They complimented all of the competitors on their artistic performances and gave advice and comment to each of the performers.Club President Charles Anderson, thanked the competitors for displaying such talent and wished them well for the future. First prize winner Charlotte, will go forward to the next round of the competition, which will be held early in 2017. The instrumentalist heat of the competition is due to take place on Wednesday 30th November.