Rotary Young Musician Competition 2017-18

Winners 2017-18 OVERALL WINNER - George Robinson aged 10 playing violin Instrumentalist Winner - George Robinson Vocalist Winner - Evie Milbank CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS

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Rotary Young Musician Competition 2017-18

Congratulations to all the singers and musicians who performed to such a high standard in the Barnard Castle Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition 2017-18, held at Barnard Castle School in the Sixth Form Centre. The adjudicator was Margaret Smith, choral conductor, pianist, accompanist and violinist and former Director of Music of Leeds Girls' School, and Greg Smith, Principal Conductor and Chorus Director of the North Yorkshire Chorus, was the accompanist for many of the competitors. Pupils from Barnard Castle School, Montalbo Primary School, and Teesdale School, took part.

The prizewinners were:

Junior Instrumental Age 8 to 11: - 1st overall instrumental prize and Young Musician Winner George Robinson (violin), 2nd Joshua Greenwell (Harp), 3rd Heather Brown (Cornet).
Intermediate instrumental Age 12 to 15 : 1st Evie Brenkley (Oboe), 2nd Joseph Sammut (clarinet); 3rd Harriet Morris (piano).
Senior Instrumental Age 16+: Caitlyn Michell (Oboe), 2nd Nathan Barker (violin), 3rd Maddy Forsyth (drumkit ).

Intermediate Vocal Age 12 to 15: 1st Evie Milbank ; 2nd Harriet Morris; 3rd Grace Robinson;


George Robinson and Evie Milbank both go through to the next round the Regional finals of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year in Alnwick, on Saturday January 13th 2018. Congratulations and good luck to them!

George Robinson (home schooled) was also the first winner to be presented with the Patricia Hartness Memorial Trophy which has been donated by Rtn. Robert Hartness in memory of his wife Pat, an accomplished pianist, who first won a trophy aged 10, the same age as our winner George.

Barnard Castle Rotary Club were pleased to support this competition, which allows our young people to have the opportunity to perform in front of an audience, which some have not had before. 
We have been able to finance last year’s event and this year’s competition, and give prizes, due to a significant donation from a previous organisation, namely "Teesdale Brass Band Contest" which gave funding to our Rotary Club to be used for the continuation of music for young people.

This can now become an annual event with an additional donation from Rtn. Robert Hartness to support the completion for 2018-19, and the next competition will take place in November 2018.