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Concert gives finalists a chance to display skill

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

  • The 20 finalists in the West Cornwall Young Musician 2014 competition at GEMS Bolitho School in Penzance. .

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THE chapel at GEMS Bolitho School in Penzance resounded to the sounds of more than 40 young musicians for the junior, secondary and college heats of this year's West Cornwall Young Musician event.

After nearly eight hours the judges selected 20 performers to take part in the finals concert, held on Thursday in the presence of Penzance's mayor Phil Rendle, the school's patron Elizabeth Bolitho and an audience of around 100.

Guest adjudicators Nigel Wicken and Godfrey Slatter awarded prizes to the winners of each age category and the Nick Johnson Rotary Young Musician trophy went to the overall winner, double bass player Edward Francis-Smith, from Nancledra.

He will now go forward to the district finals of the Rotary International Young Musician event at St Austell next month.

The competition was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay, whose members Alun and Sue Howells and Lesley Michell were involved in the event.

"This wonderful evening was also the local round of Mounts Bay Rotary Club's Young Musician competition, and many Rotarians attended," Mr Howells said. Those performers now going forward to the district final were Josephine Cowley (piano), Owen Davies (piano), Edward Francis-Smith (double bass), Jacob Perry (clarinet), Sophie Weeks (flute) and singers Laura Sutton and Gryffyn Watson.

Organiser Marna Blundy said: "We were delighted to be able to give a performance opportunity to a lovely bunch of young people, who were a credit to their parents and teachers, their schools and themselves.

"There's a wealth of musical talent in West Cornwall, and it was a privilege to enjoy listening to all our finalists in the concert on Thursday."

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