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Young Musicians Defy Storm Dennis to Delight Audience

Storm Dennis may have wreaked havoc across the country but it still didn’t deter our young musicians from ensuring that they performed at the District Young Musician final.

Held once again at the excellent facilities of Bryanston School in Blandford, instrumentalists and singers from across our District performed for a decent sized audience to try and win a place in the regional final. Our very own Tim Arnold hosted proceedings as a very high standard of solo singers, flautists, violinists and pianists competed for the prizes.

Our adjudicators for the day were :

  • Philippa Topham, who has been Director of Music at schools in Dubai and England and has examined for ABRSM for 14 years;
  • Hannah Rose Innes, a multiple music prize winner and member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra;
  • Peter Leete, a member of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the Bach Choir for 30 years.

They certainly had their work cut out but ultimately there have to be winners and the first placed voice competitor was Katie Conquest from Basingstoke, with Jessica Gill, also from Basingstoke, picking up the best instrumentalist and overall first place prizes. They will both now go forward to the South West Region final, to be held at Queen’s College in Taunton on 29th March.

Grateful thanks go to all the competitors and their families, accompanist Chris Dowie and the members of Swanage & Purbeck Rotary who turned up in good numbers to help the day run smoothly. And, of course, to Sue Whitton and Jenny Huntley who provided wonderful refreshments for everyone there.