Young Musician Competition (vocalist)

Wed 22nd November 2017 at 18.30 - 21.00

The competition was held in Cowbridge School to an enthusiastic audience

The first round of the local Rotary Young Musician Competition for vocalists, organised by Llantwit Major Rotary Club, was held at Cowbridge School on Wednesday 22nd November. There were 5 competitors, all of whom were accompanied by Adrian Colborne, Head of Performing Arts at Cowbridge School, assisted by his colleague Rhian Hughes. First to perform was Rhianna Hogg who sang ‘Caro Mio Ben’ by Giordani followed by ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ by Harold Arlen from ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Rhianna was followed by Tara Nathan performing 'When daisies pied' by Thomas Arne and 'I feel pretty' from 'West Side Story' by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen SondheimMegan Lowrie sang ‘Vergebliches Standchen’ by Brahms and ‘My ship’ by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin from ‘Lady in the Dark’. The next performance was by India Maurice with ‘Gimme gimme’ from the musical ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and ‘Burn’ from the musical ‘Hamilton’. The only male performer, Patrick Sheppard, completed the performances with ‘Amarilli Mia Bene’ by Caccini and ‘Mr Cellophane’ by Kander & Ebb from the musical ‘Chicago’.

Whilst the Adjudicators were considering their decision the audience enjoyed being entertained by a school jazz group, made up of Tom Jose (Trumpet), Evan Williams (Piano) and Owen Booth (Drums). They played a range of tunes including jazz standards by Horace Silver and Charlie Parker with considerable style .

We were fortunate to have a panel of three expert adjudicators for the competition - Nic Treharne, Jeff Davies, and Wyn Pencarreg, who in announcing their decisions mentioned the importance of taking into account the wide range of age and experience on show, and offered constructive suggestions for each competitor.

The eventual winner was Patrick Shepard, who will now progress to the Area Final early in 2018. Second prize was awarded to India Maurice, and Rhianna Hogg came third. In making the presentations, Charles Anderson, president of Llantwit Major Rotary Club, commended the competitors on their performances and thanked the School for the use of the hall.