Young Musician Competition Final

Tue 7th March 2017 at 17.30 - 19.30

We have come to expect a high standard and the Young Musician Final, and this year was no exception.  There were 13 finalists who had made it through the heats and they were drawn from 7 different local primary schools.  Three of them were from Year 4, five from Year 5, and five from Year 6.  Their instruments included clarinet, piano, violin, cornet, trumpet and drums.  There were also two vocalists.
When the contestants had each performed their pieces, the judges retired to deliberate.  Whilst we waited, we were entertained by last year’s joint winners.  Emma Tomlinson played a piano piece, and then Beau Norman played the guitar.
The judges returned, and we learned that this year’s joint second place went to Libby White (flute, Candleby Lane School, Y6) and Isla Gresley (vocalist, Kinoulton Primary School, Y5).  This year’s winner was Benjamin Fogg (piano, Radcliffe Junior School, Y5).
All the participants received a certificate to recognise their achievement in reaching the final, in recognition of their courage in playing in front of an audience, and the high standard of musicianship they displayed.  It’s easy to forget these accomplished performers are all under 11.
The certificates were presented by the Mayor of Rushcliffe, Cllr George Davidson.  The Mayor of Bingham, Cllr John Stockwood was also in attendance.  Their presence underlines the prestigious nature of the competition and we are grateful that they chose to fit this into their busy schedules.
We are also grateful to our adjudicators, Jane Purchase, Suzanne Bellamy, Bob Jones and Louise Peck, who give their time and expertise generously to enable us to run the competition.
Finally, we would like to thank the teaching staff and the site management team at Candleby Lane School for once again facilitating the heats and the final, and for helping to make the event such a success.