Ten young musicians between the ages of 11 and 17 competed for a place in the district heat of the Rotary National Young Musician Competition which took place at Halifax’s Square Chapel Centre for the Arts.
In what was an uplifting evening of music ranging from classical pieces to contemporary, an appreciative audience sat back and enjoyed a diverse programme of music by some very talented youngsters. Event organiser, Linda Parker said ‘this competition gives young musicians a rare opportunity to compete and perform on a public stage, and to showcase their musical ability. They also receive impartial – and valuable feedback from an experienced adjudicator.
The competition was judged by local composer, Lawrence Killian, who said he was ‘overwhelmed by the talent, confidence and energy displayed by all the entrants’. He placed 17 year old Lydia Wyatt from Greenhead College first in her age group for her performance of Cantabile et Presto by Georges Enescu. 15-year-old Bertie Yates from Calder High School came first in his age group for his voice performance of Giants in the Sky by Stephen Sondheim and 12 year old Xiana Harron from Rishworth School won first place in her age group for her performance on violin of Introduction and Polonaise from Arabesken, No. 12 by Carl Bohn.
All three were presented with a trophy, a certificate and a cash prize. All the entrants received a certificate, and second and third places in each group were also awarded a cash prize.
Other entrants to the competition were: Nathan Yuill from Maltings College, who was placed third overall and highly commended for his performance on the Scottish Bagpipes, Edwin Farrah: Rastrick Independent School (Baritone Horn, Violin, Piano), Issy Haley-Porteous: Crossley Heath School (flute), Hannah Udall: North Halifax Grammar School (Violin), Maddy Wadcock: Rishworth School (Violin), Laurence Vines: Rishworth School (Alto Saxophone, Violin, Electric Violin) and Zachary Smith: Crossley Heath School (Voice).
Halifax Rotary Club President, Ian Firth said: “One of the things that Rotary is most proud of is the work we do for the community. The competition was a most enjoyable evening and an excellent advert for what Rotary do in the community.”
Lydia Wyatt and Bertie Yates were placed first and second over all and will now go through to the Rotary District Competition which will be held at the National Centre for Early Music in York, on March 7, 2015.