Seventeen students competed for the title of ‘Young Musician of the Year 12’ on Tuesday evening. The competition was split into two age categories, with Junior competitors from years 7 to 9, and Senior competitors from year 10 to sixth form.
Three judges had a very difficult role during the evening, marking competitors on their accuracy, expression and presentation / professionalism. The judges were Mr Vickerman from BGS, Beverley Minster’s Director of Music, Mr Robert Poyser and local musician and peripatetic teacher Mr Dave Hughes.
All students introduced and performed a piece of their choice before the judges, who later decided on the winners and runners up. After much deliberation, and a glass or two of wine from the audience, the results were announced:
Runner up – Adam Sreeves (electric guitar – ‘Download’) Winner – George Brown (electric guitar – ‘The Trooper’)
Joint runners up – Heather Fell (soprano – ‘Se I Miei Sospiri’); Sam Gwinnell (vocal – ‘Going Through Changes’) Winner – Ruairi Sinkler (drum kit – ‘Present and Correct’)
Despite having three runners up and two category winners, there were a great number of fantastic performances. For example, the Junior competitos, Rafiwa Mabote (‘cello) played ‘Vltava’ very emotively from memory; Matthew Wastling (flute) who played ‘Tambourim’ with real feel of excitement; James Turner (tenor horn) played ‘Solvieg’s Song’ with a lot of expression; and Josh Cartmell (tenor sax) put real feeling into his rendition of ‘Your Song’.
The students involved are to be congratulated – professional performances such as those seen at Beverley Grammar School’s Young Musician of the Year are the created from hard work, dedication and perseverance.