Young Musician of the Year Competition – 9th November, 2013

 

Overall Winner of the Brain Wood Trophy, 1st Seniors
Overall Winner of the Brain Wood Trophy, 1st Seniors

We have just completed the LMVC’s Young Musician of the Year Competition held at the Conoco Phillips Rooms in Louth. This is the 22nd occasion since its conception under Brain Wood’s chairmanship in 1989. There have been a couple of years when it was not held, including last year, but this year made up for it with a very good quality entrance. Graham Burrell, our musical director, was the adjudicator and Sarah Baker, editor of the Target Series (and talented musician in her own right) presented the prizes. Graham gave an excellent and detailed critique of each performance. In fact, in my less than talented musicality, he spoke a language almost completely unknown to me ‘The way you moved effortlessly from F sharp major through to C minor with vibrato… to improve it  perhaps you could also…’ or some such. It was appreciated by those

Rose Broughton, 3rd Intermediates
Rose Broughton, 3rd Intermediates

taking part and at least one parent came up and said that it was as important as the performance itself as they are all at an impressionable age and need some critical opinion that is tactful but not entirely sugar coated. A big thank you to Sarah for presenting, and who has been very supportive of our efforts to get the event up and going. The winner of the Senior Section and overall winner of the Brian Wood  Trophy was Keren Newlove on piano. The full results were as follows: Seniors’ (under 18) –  1st and overall winner Keren Newlove (Piano); 2nd Ruby Mclennon (Voice); 3rd Michelle Carter (Voice). Intermediates’ (under 14) – 1st Willow Mickel (Voice); 2nd Poppy Mclennon (Voice); 3rd Rose

 

Poppy Mclennon, 2nd Intermediates
Poppy Mclennon, 2nd Intermediates

Broughton (Voice). Juniors’ (under 11) 1st Charlotte Helliwell (piano). There was a rapturous applause for Charlotte who, at only 8, fought back the nerves, and after initially not wanting to play her second piece came back on after the others had completed theirs, and carried on. How many of us would do the same? She will go far. In the senior section Ruby Mclennon accompanied herself for her first song, very difficult and commendable, or is it as a mere male I do not understand multitasking?

 

 

 

Keren Newlove, Charlotte Helliwell, Willow Mickel
Keren Newlove, Charlotte Helliwell, Willow Mickel
Ruby Mclennon, 2nd senior
Ruby Mclennon, 2nd senior
Michaela Carter, 3rd Seniors
Michaela Carter, 3rd Seniors