Young Musician Competition




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2017 winner Kira Roberts receives the trophy from LMVC Chairman Tim Elliott & Councillor Adam Grist

Young Musician of the Year 2017

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 Senior’s in 2016 and last night won the Senior’s 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 critique of each performances as always was exponing 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, not at their best, who had problems with the backing track and microphone, did not blame the equipment but her choice of songs and has told us their positive plan for next year. Such a welcome change from the ‘blame society’ that the kids grow up with today. Encouraging that that 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.


The competition has developed over the last few years into the premier even for many young Musicians in East Lindsey and now the surrounding area.  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, vocalists and ensemble both orchestral instruments and voice, 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
2017 Kira Roberts