Musicians show their talents

The Rotary Club of Rutland Young Musician competition. Guy Wiggins on the violin. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-24-01-15-aw006 EMN-150126-103218001

The Rotary Club of Rutland Young Musician competition. Guy Wiggins on the violin. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-24-01-15-aw006 EMN-150126-103218001

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Children and teenagers put on a great performance for the audience at the first round of the Rotary Club of Rutland’s young musician contest.

The competition, now in its 16th year, began at Uppingham Community College on Saturday.

It is open to those aged six to 17, with performances in front of an audience in each round.

Youngsters played their hearts out on a range of instruments to try to impress the judges enough to be put through to the next 
round.

Rotary club president Mark Nicholls said: “We are delighted to help young talent build up their confidence by giving them the opportunity to perform in public.

“We love seeing the youngsters year after year watching them and their musical ability grow is a real pleasure.”

Adjudicator Joanna Borrett added: “Huge praise for the commitment and dedication of the youngsters, not forgetting the support of their teachers, family and friends, giving encouragement and advice individually to each entrant.”

The winners of Saturday’s first round go through to a district semi-final in Thrapston, followed by district and then national finals, covering the whole of the country.

They were: junior instrumental - Guy Wiggans (violin); junior choir - Brooke Priory chamber choir; intermediate instrumental - Rupert Fell (oboe); intermediate vocal, - Katie Marshall; senior instrumental - Issy Martin (cello); senior vocal - Francis Webb (accompanying himself on guitar and piano); senior ensemble - Connor Ramage, Greg Durden, Harry Bolton (vocal, guitar, and drums).