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