Young Musicians and Young Writers Evening

The Rotary Club of Roundhay Young Musician's receive their certificates and prizes from President Elect Scott Wolstenholme & Deputy Head Jean Clennell.

Roundhay Rotary Evening of Music Poetry & Prose

This week was our Young Musicians/Young Writers evening: a happy spin-off from the two RIBI youth competitions that our club participates in nowadays. The music competition took place in January at Roundhay School. Our two winners, Joe Hayes [14, tenor saxophone] and Simran Athwal [14, singer] went on to take part in the District competition at York, and returned to us last night with their families to reprise their performances to a packed audience at Sand Moor Golf Club. We were also lucky to have Joe’s versatile younger brother Ben [11], a runner up on flute in the competition, who last night sang us a song from the West End show Matilda. We wish Ben good luck in his forthcoming audition for a place in the cast of Matilda. He certainly passed our audition. All three performances last night were electrifying.

Although some of us had heard our musicians before, last night was the first time our Young Writers received full public recognition. The winners and runners up in the competition have already been presented with prizes and certificates at presentations in school, but last night provided the opportunity for club members to hear their writing on the theme ‘Our world is beautiful’ read aloud.

First was a poem Senseless by intermediate winner Becky Adamson, 14, from Wetherby High School, described by our literary judge as writing in the long and noble tradition of anti-war poetry.. with a mastery of rhythm and detail. Then we heard from our senior winner, Megan McFarlane, 17, from Ralph Thoresby School. The judge commented: Obliquely, unsentimentally, Megan McFarlane contrasts the suffering and savagery in the world with a distant glimpse of its beauty. It is a strikingly mature and effective piece of writing.

Both our winners are waiting to hear if they have had success in the next stage of Young Writer, the District competition. We wish them well, and in the meantime you can read their entries here together with the adjudicators comments.

Astonishingly creative contributions were also read from our two runners up, intermediate Joe Murphy, 11, of Roundhay School, and Nida Rani, 17, from Ralph Thoresby School.

The Club was treated to a feast of talent last night, and now looks forward to nurturing more young talent through next year’s competitions.