Young mu­si­cians show­case skills

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Stephen Lloyd

TAL­ENTED young­sters ap­peared at the Fleet Ro­tary Young Mu­si­cian Com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

Seven mu­si­cians and vo­cal­ists aged 14 to 16 from Fleet’s Calthorpe Park and St Ni­cholas’ in Church Crookham took part in the con­test, or­gan­ised by Fleet Ro­tary as part of its pro­gramme to help and en­cour­age young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Calthorpe Park pupil So­phie Dean was crowned the solo in­stru­men­tal­ist win­ner for the sec­ond year run­ning, with her three piano pieces com­posed by Brahms, Chopin and Han­del. Vi­olin player Rosie- May Kennedy from St Ni­cholas’ School was the run­ner- up.

St Ni­cholas’ pupil Jen­nifer Lawrence won the solo vo­cal­ist cat­e­gory for the sec­ond year thanks to songs com­posed by Jo­bim ( The Girl from Ipanema), Gam and Pur­cell, while fel­low pupil Ellen Pig­ott came sec­ond.

The event was pre­sented by Vir­ginia Pear­son and held in the St Ni­cholas’ school hall thanks to head­mistress An­nette What­mough. Ad­ju­di­ca­tors were Toby Coles, Beryl Holmes and Steve Petch.

Fleet Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent John Johnstone said: “We were de­lighted with the high stan­dard of re­sponses to this ven­ture, which we have or­gan­ised for a sec­ond year.

“Ro­tary of­fers seven young peo­ple’s com­pe­ti­tions and our Young Chef, Youth Speaks, Young Writer and Young Lead­ers pro­grammes are well es­tab­lished, as is the next event in the cal­en­dar, Young Pho­tog­ra­pher, which takes place dur­ing Fe­bru­ary.

“Those who wish to en­ter should do so through their school by Fe­bru­ary 10.

“Fi­nally, I’d like to record our spe­cial thanks to the mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­nists Ben Point from St Ni­cholas’ and Ross Walker from Calthorpe for their ded­i­ca­tion in spend­ing many hours, en­cour­ag­ing young mu­si­cians.”

Pic­ture: Paul Burgman AN170058_ 0003

Young mu­si­cians Rosie- May Kennedy, Made­line Stelfox, Kieran Booker, So­phie Dean, Emily Torr, Jenny Lawrence and Ellen Pig­gott.

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