Young Musician Competition


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2017 Entry Form – Front page and Rules of Entry
2017 Entry Form – Entry Form
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Eileen Ballard (mayor) & Florence Hand winner 2016
Eileen Ballard (mayor) & Florence Hand winner 2016

YMY 2016
There was a very proud grandad in the audience last night at our Young Musician of the Year competition, Jeff Hand, a founder member of LMVC (September 1973) who watched as his granddaughter, Florence Hand, performed. Florence has been competing since 2011, going through the stages she won the Junior’s in 2011, came second in the Intermediate’s in 2014 and last night won the Senior’s section and was crowned overall winner of the YMY competition to receive the Brian Wood Trophy. The level of talent was exceptionally good and the results were:
Winner of the Arthur Gilbert Memorial Cup– Rhianna Wilson (Piano)
Runners up – Roni Baxter (Voice) and Evie Cooper (piano)
Winner of the Henry Brown Memorial Cup – Eleanor Mcleod (Piano)
nd – Libby Challans (Voice)
rd Annabel Garrod (Clarinet)
Winner, and overall winner of the Brian Wood Trophy – Florence Hand

2nd – Kira Roberts (Euphonium)
rd – Darcie Redford (Piano)
Runners Up – Alyssa Brock (Voice) and Rowan Webb (Voice)

Graham Burrell our MD and Janet McKee our retired accompanist have had 64 years between them with LMVC (apart from all their other experiences as music teachers), were the adjudicators. Graham did his normal superb critique of each performances like a boiled egg, soft with some less soft bits but nourishing and not sickly sweet at all. He makes a point of being positive but also instructive. It was so pleasing to see and hear so many positive and smiling contestants in it for the genuine pleasure of being talented – The X factor was also on last night, the contestants there on it for completely different reasons.

This year we expanded the qualifying area from just East Lindsey to all of historic Lincolnshire and as a result had competitors from as far north as Grimsby, south to Lincoln and east to Skegness. Malcolm Kerridge did a superb job in running the competition spending a great deal of time and effort in getting it all together. John Hards, our newly formed 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 Louth’s mayor, Eileen Ballard, a long -time supporter of LMVC, for presenting the prizes. While the final adjudication was being carried out the superfluous LMVC sang a few songs, as John Hards put it ‘The polyfilla’.
The thing that struck me most about last night was that at no stage was it dumbed down as in ‘Young’. The proceedings I feel were carried out as though it was a major national competition. This was the 27
th year since Brian Wood, very much still standing and singing, introduced the competition, long may it continue.

YMY 2016 – Contestants and Presentations



The competition has developed over the last few years into the premier even for many young Musicians in East Lindsey.  At the same time, it has preserved the original concept, which was to encourage and stimulate a love of performing music and to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which all would feel happy to compete. The annual competition is held on a Saturday in November each year.  Applications are welcomed from instrumentalists and vocalists and must be submitted by the end of October. The competition is open to young people under the age of 18 on 31 August who either reside in or attend a school in Lincolnshire.
The competition is divided into three age group: Junior, under 11 years of age; Intermediate, under 14; and Senior, under 18.  The format is for preliminary rounds to take place during the morning and afternon sessions, at which every entrant receives valuable feedback from the adjudicators.  The three finalists from each age section perform at a concert in the evening.  Whilst the adjudicators are making their making their judgements the audience is entertained by a previous winner of the competion.
The winners have been:
1989  Linda Broadwell
1990  Rebecca Chambers
1992  Michelle Grierson
1993  Paula Constant
1994  Rovert Caudwell
1995  Andrew Mumby
1996  Naomi Sullivan
1997  Frances Smith
1998  Stephanie Shucksmith
1999  Clare Barker
2000  Kate Fisher
2001  Daniel Patchett
2002  Kirra Tilley
2003  Amy Kent
2005  Eleanor Pike
2006  Clare Hurrell
2007  Emma Barnaby
2008  Alice Spier
2009  Amy Baker
2010  Alex Guthrie
2011  Grace Alexander
2013  Keren Newlove
2014  Juliet Haley
2015  – Only Junior & Intermediate winners – No overall competition winner
2016  Florence Hand

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