Young musicians compete for Rotary prize

Raunds Manor Barber Shop Choir
Raunds Manor Barber Shop Choir

A showcase of young musical talent took place at King John School in Thrapston recently.

This was the regional semi-finals of Rotary’s Young Musician competition under the auspices of Thrapston and Raunds Rotary Club.

The independent adjudicator, Aiden Geary, had the hardest task of the day having to choose winners from the array of junior talent parading before him.

Aiden has an impressive pedigree as a percussion player who has performed with several well known bands and orchestras, in London shows and is an examiner for the London College of Music.

The Junior Choirs opened the proceedings with the Bourne Abbey School just pipping both the Stanwick and Rushden choirs to a place in the finals.

The performances of both Rushden Rotary sponsored violinists Rowan Dymott and Rachel Capper far excelled their earlier heat levels but, in spite of receiving high praise from the adjudicator, just missed out on a final place.

In the larger groups competition, the Raunds Manor School Wind Ensemble and a delightful singing duo performance from Molly Beverly and Lula Elbrow saw them through to the finals.

Thrapston and Raunds Club sponsored Harrison Willis was the solo vocalist winner and cellist Issy Martin, with extremely fine performances, both won places in the finals.

Top honours, locally, went to the Manor School whose Barber Shop Quartet, Little Big Band and Senior Choir all won their sections.