Young Musician

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2016/17 District Final

Sunday the 12th of March saw the Instrumental and Vocal District finalists go head to head for the title of Rotary District 1100 Young Musician, in both Instrumentalist and Vocal disciplines, generously hosted at Dean Close School Cheltenham and MC’d by Andrew Turner of Tewkesbury Rotary Club. The standard amongst the four instrumentalists and two vocalists was very high providing an array of classical and modern music.


The Instrumental contestants were

Edwin Ward, on piano, (Sponsored by South Cotswold Rotary), performed Impromptu in E flat, Op2, by Franz Schubert, Mistry by Errol Garner and Liebestraum No 3 by Franz Liszt


Isobel Haynes, on the Cello, (Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Marlborough), performed Andante from Concerto No1 by Julius Klengel and Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saens.


 Kimberley Mok, on piano, (Sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Cheltenham Sunrise, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds), performed 1st Movement of Sonata in A Minor K310 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jardins sous la plume from Estampes by Claude Debussy.


Amelia Gilmartin, on violin,(Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bristol), performed violin concerto No3 in G major, K216 1st movement and cadenza by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Salut d’Amour, Op.12, by Edward Elgar


The Vocal contestants were


April Perrott, (Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Cheltenham Sunrise, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds), performed Lascia Ch’io Ping by George Frideric Handel, Something Wonderful from The King and I by Oscar Hammerstien and Richard Rogers followed by If My Friends Could See Me Now from Sweet Charity by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields.


Caitlin MacClay, (Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Swindon North), performed Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad by William H Davies and Michael Head. An die Late by Johann Friedrich Rochlitz and Franz Schubert and closing with Second hand white baby grand by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittmann.


The competition was supported by three exceptional adjudicators, without whom the competition would not have been possible, Julia Morris, Sara Espley and Stephen McDade who together have a very extensive formal musical education, teaching experience and global performance repertoire.


During the interval the Rotary Club of Cheltenham Sunrise provided an delicious selection of cakes along with tea and coffee whilst the judges conferred. After deliberation judge Stephen McDade gave a detailed over-view of the criteria they were looking for other than the actual performance including contact with the audience and musicality. Sadly there could only be one winner in each category and these were Kimberley Mok on Piano and vocalist April Perrott.


As District 1100 Youth Chair I would like to publicly thank all our Rotary clubs in supporting this competition from way before the initial stages right through to the District Final and also the dedication of Sarah Hick and Carolyn Folley for once again coordinating an excellent District Final.


Kimberley and April now progress to the Regional Final on 26th of March in Telford and success here could lead to a place in the National Final on Saturday 6th of May at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. We wish them both the best of luck.

For further information please contact Ceri Pridding