Another Successful Young Musician Competition in 2007

YM07FinalistsIanHolmes.JPGThe East Lindsey Young Musician of the Year Competition, sponsored and organised by Louth Male Voice Choir attracted, yet again, a high standard of competitors from all parts of the District.  The nine finalists (3 in each of the junior, intermediate and senior sections) are pictured at Nichol Hill Methodist Church on Saturday 17 November.  Picture thanks to Ian Holmes.
From left to right they are: Rowena Firth from Fotherby (violin); Mark Hurrell from Wragby, winner of the junior section (saxophone); Georgina Hastings from Tetney (clarinet); Rebekka Appleton from Grimoldby (voice); Emma Gorst from Louth (voice); Emma Brown from Louth (oboe); Keren Newlove from Louth (piano); Emma Barnaby from Louth, winner of the intermediate section and the young musician of the year (cello); and Emily Coughtrey-Wellsted from Skegness, winner of the senior section (flute).

Emily Coughtrey-Wellsted, the talented flautistfrom Skegness, is pictured here receiving YM07EmilyCoughtry_Wellsted1stseniorpresentation.JPGher trophy from the chairman of East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Janet Harrison, and from Alan John, Chairman of Louth Male Voice Choir. More...
YM07YMOYEmmafullpic_1.JPGThe adjudicators, Graham Burrell, musical director of LMVC, and Margaret Crossland, soprano soloist and music teacher from Lincoln, made the unusual but not unprecedented decision to award the Young Musician of the Year to the winner of the intermediate section, cellist Emma Barnaby, in recognition of the musicality of her performance.

All competitors received a constructive appraisal of their performances in the heats, which were held in the morning and afternoon sessions. However, it was the performances of the finalists in the evening competition/concert that determined the places.  Inevitably there were some performances that improved and others that fell away in the finals, but, as Graham Burrell concluded: “Every one of the students who got through to perform in the finals is a winner.”