Violinist Wins Young Musician Competition

WINNERS1.JPGTalented violinist Clare Hurrell beat strong competition to become the East Lindsey Young Musician of 2006 at Nichol Hill Methodist church in Louth on Saturday 18 November.  Clare is pictured (centre) holding the Brian Wood Trophy together with Emma Brown, oboist, winner of the Henry Brown Memorial Cup for the intermediate age group and Alexander Wilson, pianist, winner of the Arthur Gilbert Memorial Cup for the junior age group.  They are standing in front of the honours board listing all previous winners.
Victor1.JPGClare is a student of Nina Martin and attends Horncastle Grammar School. She played two contrasting pieces in the final, both demanding great technical competence as well as sensitive musical interpretation: Intrada by Alfred Moffat and Moto Perpetua by Frank Bridge.

Ellie.jpgThe competion was of a high standard throughout the day. In particular, the senior section had eighteen competitors, any of whom would have graced the finals, but just three had to be selected.  Ellie Pike, who won the competition in 2005 playing the saxaphone, was narrowly beaten into second place on this occasion. Ellie sang beautifully It was a Lover by Madeline Dring; and the unaccompanied The Singer by Michael Head captivated the enthusiastic audience.  She is a pupil of Ellen Dales and attends King Edward VI School, Louth.

Tristan.jpgTristan Russell, also at KEVIS and a pupil of Susan Bortalot, came third singing a spirited version of Gershwin’s I Got Plenty O’Nuttin and an aria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in a convincing Italian. He is seen here receiving his award from Alan John, Chairman of the choir and Dr Laurence Taffinder, chairman of East Lindsey District Council.  Tristan’s talent, youth and height made the pair of old Cardiffians feel quite inadequate.

The intermediate age group winner, Emma Brown, is an oboist who attends KEVIS and is a pupil of Jeff Brown.  She played Siciliana by Ciniarosa and Beach Ball by James Rae.
EOrdish.jpgHayley.jpgThe runner up was Eleanor Ordish (pictured left), a violin pupil of Tracey Smith and a student at KEVIS.  In third place was pianist Hayley Poyser, a pupil of April Chapman who attends Skegness Grammar School.

Junior winner, 8 year old pianist Alexander Wilson from Burgh on Bain is also a pupil of April Chapman.  He played La Tarentelle by Burg Muller and New Orleans Nightfall by Gillock.
keren.jpgrebekkah.jpgThe runner up was Keren Newlove (pictured left) a pianist taught by Molly Shucksmith and a student at Lacey Gardens Junior School, Louth.  In joint third place were emily.jpgRebekkah Appleton (pictured top right), a singer who attends Locksley Christian School and Emily Ferrier (pictured bottom right), a pianist who attends East Wolds Primary School. Both are taught by Molly Shucksmith.

Katefisher.JPGKate Fisher, winner of this competition in 2000 and currently an MA student in the History of Art at York University, was the soloist at the finals concert.  She was accompanied brilliantly by Michael Flowers in her virtuoso performance of the York Bowen sonata for oboe.

Master of Ceremonies Mike Kerrigan was fulsome in his appreciation of the adjudicators, Graham Burrell, the choir’s musical director, and Kate Witney together with all the teachers and accompanists who had prepared the entrants for their performances.