Success strikes a chord at annual Rotary competition

Rotary president Peter O'Dowd (not pictured) presented the trophies and gave the vote of thanks.
Rotary president Peter O'Dowd (not pictured) presented the trophies and gave the vote of thanks.
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Stonehaven Rotary Club’s annual Young Musician competition was held at Mackie Academy recently, with 21 students taking part.

A large crowd of parents and friends supported the young musicians who played a wide range of instruments and compositions.

Unusually, following the last few years, there were no vocalists who have been very successful in the past.

The junior competitors played first and, after an interval for the judges to consider the results and for refreshments to be served, the senior competitiors took their turn.

At the end of all the performances, judges Andy Bruce, Jean Webster and Craig McDermott considered their verdicts and the results were announced.

Junior section winner was pianist Laura Ritchie who played Keywest by Pam Wedgewood. The senior section was trumpet player Dylan Coolahan playing Conservation For Cornet by Clare Grundham. Dylan also carried off the overall winner’s trophy and will go forward to the Rotary District final in Perth in February next year.

Competitors were accompanied, where necessary, on piano by principal teacher of music, Andrew Cheyne and instrumental instructor, Blair Cargill.

Compere for the evening was Jennifer Macdonald.