If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Kira first competed in 2014 as an intermediate and came 3rd, she came second in the Seniors in 2016 and last night won the Seniors section and was crowned overall winner of the YMY competition to receive the Brian Wood Trophy.
Florence Hand who was last year’s winner (Voice) sang to open the event for us.
The level of talent was again exceptionally good and the results were:
Winner of the Arthur Gilbert Memorial Cup– Euan Braddish (Cello)
Euan was the only contestant in the Junior’s but quite frankly he would have been of a level to have competed in the senior section and was a very worthy winner.
Winner of the Henry Brown Memorial Cup – Theodore Sargent (Voice)
2nd – Libby Challans (Voice), Libby also competed last year when she was again 2nd
3rd – Louise Jervis (Flute)
4th – Jessica Gillatt (Voice)
Winner, and overall winner of the Brian Wood Trophy – Kira Roberts (Euphonium)
2nd – Felicity Turner (Voice)
3rd – Jake Lent (Flute)
4th – Jacob Smith (Violin)
5th – Lily Platts (Voice)
Graham Burrell our MD and Head of Music at Cambridge Park Academy, Grimsby, together with Janet McKee our retired accompanist, were the adjudicators. Graham’s critique of each performance, as always, was expounding both the good and not so good. He makes a point of being positive but also instructive.
It was very pleasing that one of the contestants, who had problems with the backing track and microphone, did not blame the equipment but her choice of songs, and has told us her positive plan for next year. Such a welcome change from the ‘blame society’ that the kids grow up with today. It is encouraging that a young person believes not everyone is equal and in life you have to compete.
Malcolm Kerridge has again done a superb job in running the competition, spending a great deal of time and effort in getting it all together. John Hards, our assistant MD, gave the introductions for all the contestants in a very professional manner, adding his very knowledgeable comments about the music. Special thanks to Councillor Adam Grist, for presenting the prizes and giving the audience a positive feedback at the end.
LMVC sang a few songs while the adjudicators did their deliberations.
I am sure next year’s competition will be just as good!