Young Musician competition

Seaford Rotary Young Musician for the Year Competition

By Isla Sitwell

Seaford Rotary’s ninth annual Young Musician Competition was held on Saturday 7th March at Seaford Baptist Church.  The ages of the competitors ranged from 11 to 17.  The driving force behind the Competition is to encourage young people to show off their musical talent and to become comfortable performing in front of an audience.

The programme, again compèred with enthusiasm by Damon Willer, featured 20 acts of which fourteen were soloists and six were ensembles. The soloists were subdivided into vocal and instrumental sections.  The music ranged from classical to present day pop and the instruments played included keyboard, violin, cello, drum kit, electric guitar and saxophone.  The audience, which was made up of the competitors themselves, their families and friends, was treated to a wonderfully varied concert performed with great confidence by all the competitors   I am sure no one would have left the stage feeling they could have done better.  It was a particular joy to see those who were perhaps a little diffident about taking part lose their fears and come off stage having obviously enjoyed the experience.  

The Inner Wheel Club of Seaford kindly helped with the refreshments in the interval and we were beautifully entertained at the end, whilst the judges were deliberating, by two of our previous winners

The event could not happen without our three judges, Pat White, Sue Richardson and Stephen Grace.  It is always a difficult task to compare the different instruments, songs and styles of music.  Pat, our chief judge has been a tower of strength during the preparatory period of the event.  Her expertise is invaluable.

The Baptist Church is an excellent venue for the Competition, and we were made most welcome.  Their Sound Technician, Vaughan Reynolds, had his work cut out doing preparatory sound checks and then sorting out minor technical hitches for the performers and, for one performer, he came down and played the keyboard accompaniment.  

We were honoured to have the Mayor of Seaford, the Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor who helped with distribution of Certificates and Prizes.  Our President Keith Ross presented the overall winner with the Colin Seymour Shield. We also welcomed a visiting Rotary Global Scholar accompanied by two members of the Seaford Martello Rotary Club.

The event could not take place without help from fellow Rotarians.  Thank you all for contributing to a wonderfully joyous evening of music performed by some very talented young people.

The Prize Winners were:

Overall winner and winner of the Instrumental Section:  Richart van Zyl

Winner of the Vocal Section:  Lizzie Lawton

Winner of the Ensemble Section: The Pachelbel Ensemble

Runner-up in the Instrumental Section: Eve-Jolie Kerswell

Prize for potential: Oliver Rivett

Congratulations to all the Competitors and thank you for entertaining us.

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