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Rotary Young Musician Competition 2018


The Rotary Young Musician Competition


in York    


took place on 17th November 2018

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Rotary Young Musician (YM) Competition.


Some background notes and information


Rotary Clubs around the UK organise an annual Young Musicians competition.  Winners from each local competition go forward to District and then National events, with an eventual National Rotary Young Musician award.



All students receive a certificate, and there are cash prizes for the two winners who go forward to the District event.



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There is no cost to enter; all costs are borne by the Rotary Club.


If you would like to conder entering the next Young Musician competition, full details are available here  


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The 2018 Competition

The first Rotary Young Musician Competition in York for 3 years was held at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) on17th November 2018 .

Performers came from Bootham, Fulford, York College, All Saints RC, The Mount School, Huntington, Ampleforth College, Manor School, St.Peter’s and Hallgate Primary School out at Cottingley near Hull.



In all 13 students performing 16 pieces of music, a very difficult contest to judge for our adjudicators Josephine Peach and Heather Hammond.

The contest was so close the adjudicators also awarded highly commended to three other performers, Abigail Moult from Hallgate Primary & Rosanna Wong & Charlotte Liu both from Ampleforth College.


All contestants were handed a certificate & congratulated by Rotary Club President Ian Helby.


Our two winners won £50 each and they went forward to the Rotary District (Yorkshire/Linconshire) Competition on the 3rd March 2019, again at the NCEM, where William Clark was one of the winners, progressing to the Regional Final.


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Winners Emily and William

Many thanks to our two adjudicators...

Adjudicators Josephine and Heather

....and the team of Rotarians, and "Friends of York Rotary", who organised the day and helped make it such a success!

The performances were so good they decided to have joint winners, Emily Watson playing the flute and William Clark playing the violin.



Emily played a piece by Ian Clarke called “Hypnosis” and William played “Chant de Roxanne” by Karol Szymanowski, both pieces were wonderful and the audience were so impressed with their skills you could hear “a pin drop”.


above and below...  Photos of the 13 brilliant performers

Russ, Craig (York Music Hub), Christine and Gillian

Alexander Nguyen

Emily Kaye

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