THE onset of wintry weather failed to stop a foot-tapping treat going ahead at Mackie Academy last Wednesday night.
Stonehaven Rotary Club have supported rotary’s young musician competition for some years and last week’s event saw Ross Hull (13), who has played the violin since he was six, emerging as overall winner of the Stonehaven stage of the event, as well as topping the contest’s junior section.
This year’s competition saw seven Mackie Academy junior and seven senior pupils showcasing their talents. Judges Dave Ramsay, Ray Milne and Angela Craig had to choose a winner from both the junior and senior sections and then decide on an overall winner.
The youngsters proved their talent on instruments ranging from piano, organ and violin to saxophone, oboe, flute and clarinet as well as vocal performances.
The violin proved to be the winning instrument in both sections with Ross Hull initially winning the junior section thanks to a performance including pieces from Superfly, Sheepskins, Beeswax and Road to Errogie. Ross, who can be heard and seen busking on occasions, was later named overall winner of the contest.
Runner-up was James Johnson, (16) who won the senior section playing a Hungarian Dance on his violin. James, who has been playing violin for nine years, now plays purely as a hobby.
For his part, a delighted Ross said he realised it is difficult to make a career out of music-but he would certainly wish to make it a big part of his life.
Ross now goes forward to the next round of the rotary contest.
“The speaker at Stonehaven Rotary Club’s last meeting was past president Jim Henderson, who demonstrated what can be done to enhance digital images through the magic of Photo Shop software. Mr Henderson showed before and after images of Ury House and Loch Muick to prove his point. Club members stood to toast the club’s 63rd birthday.