Young Musician of the Year 2012

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.

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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:

Junior Section:

Runner up – Adam Sreeves (electric guitar – ‘Download’) Winner – George Brown (electric guitar – ‘The Trooper’)

Senior Section:

Joint runners up – Heather Fell (soprano – ‘Se I Miei Sospiri’); Sam Gwinnell (vocal – ‘Going Through Changes’) Winner – Ruairi Sinkler (drum kit – ‘Present and Correct’)

Overall Winner:

Ruairi Sinkler

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.

Mrs Hughes