For an Information Pack that can be shared with the General Public and that explains the competition in detail giving rules, entry forms etc., please click on the following link: http://www.ribi.org/what-we-do/youth-competitions
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
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.