Young Musician Of The Year Competition 2014

Juniors YMY 2014
Juniors YMY 2014

Saturday, 15th November was the day for our annual competition, Young Musician of the Year, to promote young musical talent in East Lindsey. Preliminary rounds were held in the morning at the Conoco Rooms (Louth Library) for the juniors and intermediates with the best three going through to the finals held in the evening at Nichol Hill Methodist Church. The seniors joined the evening event as there were only three competing. Malcolm Kerridge had done a great job in running this competition now in its 24th year. Graham Burrell (LMVC’s Musical Director) and Janet

Junior Winner Helana Kurczewska YMY 2014
Junior Winner Helana Kurczewska YMY 2014

McKee (LMVC’s Accompanist – retired) did the adjudicating with Graham giving his normal superb critique of each contestant. He does not ‘talk down’, his language is technical and adult, no matter what their age, which is much appreciated by contestants, parents and teachers alike, as these youngsters need guiding at this critical stage in their development, not sugar coated, but he is also very supportive. Molly (Maureen) Shucksmith was the special guest of honour and was presented with a bouquet in recognition and thanks for her support of the competition since its conception, she has been teaching piano for 70 years and supplied several of the winners over the years. Whilst Graham and Janet made their final deliberations, we,  the ‘Old Musicians’, the ‘Forty Shades of Grey’ as Richard

Intermediates YMY 2014
Intermediates YMY 2014

Keeble, our Chairman, introduced us, sang five numbers. Malcolm Kerridge had previously told the audience that we had tried to make ourselves look a bit younger by wearing black shirts with our suits, without a tie, “If it looks like a duck, and quacks…”. Our Rain Rain… got a lot of applause again, it will be interesting to see what Graham comes up with in the future. Mayoress Jill Makinson-Sanders presented the prizes, so who won, in the Junior section for this all pianist

Intermediate Winner Darcie Radford YMY 2014
Intermediate Winner Darcie Radford YMY 2014

group, the Arthur Brown Memorial trophy  was won by the very talented Helena Kurczewska with the runners-up being Evie Cooper and Aliza Taylor. The winner of the Intermediates, for the Henry Brown Memorial trophy, was Darcie Radford (pianist); 2nd Florence Hand (Voice, winner of the Juniors’ in 2011); 3rd Kira Roberts (euphonium). The Seniors runners up were, in third position, David Turner (piano), and second, Gabriel McCree (voice). The winner of the Seniors section, and overall winner of the competition for the Brian Wood trophy, was the extremely talented violinist Juliet Haley. A high proportion of sections and overall winners over the years have gone on to successful musical careers. Juliet tells me she is definitely going on a musical path, probably through a conservatoire,

Seniors YMY 2014
Seniors YMY 2014

and hopes to be a soloist. It never cease to amaze me the raw talent that we have, and that not every youngster has the deluded, quick-fix X Factor mentality. Graham passed comment that they were all well-presented and each had musicality. No overbearing media hyping, just the joy of playing and for us to listen to. Mayoress Jill Makinson-Sanders commented that people had genuinely asked

Seniors and Winner Juliet Haley YMY 2014
Seniors and Winner Juliet Haley YMY 2014

whether we could organise an ‘Old Musician’ contest and that she could part fund it, well, there’s a thought.

 

Malcolm Kerridge
Malcolm Kerridge
Molly Shucksmith
Molly Shucksmith

 

 

 

Graham Burrell & Janet McKee
Graham Burrell & Janet McKee