Rotary Young Musicians Competition - Club Level

Sun 22nd January 2017 at 10.00 - 16.30

Venue: Barnard Castle School - Sixth Form Centre

There are no set pieces and the competition is open to local schoolchildren from ages 8 up to 17. There are three groups, with grade or equivalent to be based on your music teacher’s professional opinion: Ages 8-11, Grade 2; Ages 12-15, Grade 4 and Ages 16 -17, Grade 6. There are three classes of instruments: pianoforte; orchestral strings, including guitar; and woodwind and brass. Performances should not exceed 10 minutes. Entry forms will be delivered to the following schools: Teesdale, Barnard Castle, including the Preparatory Department, Staindrop, St Mary’s RC, Green Lane, Montalbo, Cotherstone and Bowes and to the town’s YMCA. Entry forms may also be obtained directly from Rotarian Roger Stanyon, Spring Gardens, High Startforth, Barnard Castle, DL12 9AQ, e-mail


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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, hosted by Barnard Castle School and held 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 director of music Simon Dearsley played all accompaniment.

Pupils from Barnard Castle School, Montalbo and Green Lane Primary Schools, and Teesdale School, took part.

The prizewinners were: 
Junior Vocal - 1st Evie Milbank; 2nd Jessica Bassett 3rd;Martha Rokk;
Intermediate Vocal: 1st Archie Coward; 2nd Evelyn Brenkley; 3rd Kirsty McLachlan;
Senior Vocal: 1st and overall vocal prize Sam Farquhar, 2nd Ben Edwards, 3rd Molly Nixon;
Junior Instrumental: - 1st Joshua Greenwell (Harp), 2nd Heather Brown (Cornet), 3rd Joshua Greenwell (Piano);
Intermediate Insrumental: 1st and overall instrumental prize Evelyn Brenkley (recorder), 2nd Theo Truss (clarinet);
Senior Instrumental: 1st Rebecca Dominici (piano), 2nd Nathan Barker (violin), 3rd Shinita Lamm (piano).
Sam and Evelyn both go through to the next round (the quarter finals of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year) in Alnwick, on March 18. Congratulations and good luck to them!
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 this event 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.
It is planned that this will be an annual event and the next competition will take place on Sunday 5th November 2017 with entries in September.