Rotary Young Musician

Roundhay School Young Musicians

Roundhay Rotary Young Musicians from Roundhay School

Roundhay Rotary Young Musician winner and runner-up 2017

Roundhay Rotary Young Musician runner-up Maddie Jaques & winner Roisin Howitt with president Scott Wolstenholme

Roundhay Rotary Young Musician Competition 10 January 2017

As last year, we enjoyed another brilliant evening at Roundhay School for our Club stage of the Rotary Young Musician Competition, this time showcasing the talents of singers and instrumentalists from Years 8 to 12.

The audience was warmed up with a delicious array of sandwiches and cakes prepared by Jean Clennell, Kath Short and their assistants Krys and Lynne, helped down with very welcome glasses of Prosecco, and the main event was then introduced by music teacher and organiser Chris Johnson.

As Mr Johnson rightly said, collaboration rather than competition is the point of music making, and it was no easy task to select a winner to go forward to the District round from the impressive and varied roster of musicians, who included two singers, two guitarists, a trumpeter, violinist and a drummer.

The panel of judges comprised music teacher Steve Palmer, and two Rotarians who happen to be former pupils of Roundhay School: Caroline Noh [retired theatrical and musical director] and Scott Wolstenholme [retired judge and experienced if inexpert rock drummer].

The panel fortunately found itself in agreement on the difficult judgments that had to be made.

Congratulations to our winner, 12 year old Roisin Howitt on violin. Roisin had taken part last year, when she had impressed, but has clearly made tremendous strides since then and turned in a supremely confident performance of three contrasting  pieces.

Our runner up was 16 year old Maddie Jaques, who produced a truly beautiful sound from her trumpet.

The rest of the field were so impressive that the judges highly commended them all, and were happy to give individual feedback on their delightful performances. They were Year 12 students Max Lord [drums], Sam Pasek and Finlay Vallance [guitars], Year 10 student Ruby Sephton [vocal] and Year 8 student, the versatile Ben Hayes, who this year sang some musical theatre but last year played the flute.

We look forward to welcoming the musicians to one of our weekly meetings at Sand Moor on 27 March 2017, when we hope at least some of them will be able to reprise their performances for those unable to attend this week. 

We wish Roisin success in the next stage of the competition.

The District Final will be held at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Sunday 12 March 2017 from 2pm.