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Young Musician plays out well

Young Musician plays out well

With talent echoing from the venue and the competitors beaming with determination, Rotary Young Musician national final took place on Saturday 19 May 2018.

Every year the competition showcases the talent and commitment of young people, each with their own style and approach to music.

There are two categories to the competition: vocalist and instrumentalist.

Pianist Ellis Thomas, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colwyn Bay, 16 and vocalist Angelina Dorlin-Barlow, sponsored by the Southport Rotary Club, 17, stole the show with their incredible talents.

Ellis’ passion for piano was presented to all and Angelina demonstrated her superb singing.

They were both awarded with trophies, kindly donated by the venue, which was Heriot-Watt University.

Backing each young musician was a sizable, appreciative audience, who were thrilled to be there, in turn, making the day a successful hit.

Families, friends and teachers were gathered from across the country to show their support.

Memories were formed and smiles were shared by all.

I felt privileged to be a witness to the music making that took place!”

After being whittled down from four previous stages, the heat was rising for the contestants, more than they had previously experienced.

It was a tough decision for the judges, but after careful consideration Ellis and Angelina were crowned winners for their categories.

There was also a special mention for Sofia Demetriades, a 9-year-old violinist.

She was credited and predicted to be a star of the future.

The judges were:

    • Dr Steve King – Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University
    • Emma Morwood – Soprano singer and music enthusiast
    • Peter Evans – teacher and music enthusiast

Judge Emma expressed her thoughts, “Rotary Young Musician final 2018 was an impressive show of young talent.”

“Ranging from 9-year-old violinist to pianists and singers ready to go to music college to further their studies.”

“I felt privileged to be a witness to the music making that took place. Some very mature musicianship was on show and it was by no means an easy decision for the three of us on the panel to choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.”

“Thanks to all the families and teachers for encouraging and supporting our young musicians. Also thanks to Heriot-Watt University and Currie Balerno Rotary, who did a fabulous job of hosting the competition.”

Denis Spiller, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland president, brought the day to a close by giving thanks to the university, hosts of the final – Rotary Club of Currie Balerno, the judges, parents, friends and family and most of all to the talented competitors.

Rotary members Derek and Sandra Thomson organised a raffle raising nearly £400, which was kindly donated to The Rotary Foundation.

Take part next year

All amateur musicians in full time education, up to the age of 17 on 31st August 2018, can participate.

Find out more here.