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Young Musician of the Year 2017

There was a packed audience at Cross Way Church for the sixth annual competition to find the Seaford Young Musician of the Year organised by Seaford Rotary Club. With categories for solo instrumentalists, solo singers, and ensembles the evening promised a wide range of music and the audience was not disappointed with performances ranging from Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor to Jimi Hendrix and Voodoo Child.
With an outstanding version of the Jimi Hendrix hit the winners of the Ensembles Section were Linus Holter and Toby Keane and top of the solo instrumentalists playing Moondance by Van Morrison was 12 year old trumpeter Archie Blaber. Her performance of Some Things Are Meant to Be by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein won the top award in the Solo Vocalists for Rose Meek and Rose was also judged to be the overall winner of the competition and was presented with the Colin Seymour Shield by the Mayor of Seaford Councillor Lindsay Freeman. All competitors were presented with commemorative certificates by the Deputy Young Mayor Thomas Exley who, earlier in the evening had presented prizes to the winners of the Club’s Young Photographers Competition Amber Robinson, Tom Trollope, and Matt Flood.
One tradition which has grown during the six years of this event is for past Young Musicians of the Year to play for the audience while the judges reach their decisions and this year was no exception with a duet by Hambel Goodchild (Flute) and Leah Saltoun (Recorder), and solo performances by Bethany Geoghegan (Violin), and Matt Flood (Drums). This autumn both Hambel and Bethany will be continuing their full time music studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire at Greenwich and the Northern School of Music in Manchester respectively.
To close the evening thanks were expressed to the Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor for finding the time to attend in their busy schedules, to the judges, Pat White, Margaret Darwall-Smith, and Andrew Daniels, to Sussex Events Ltd. our Sound Engineers, to the previous winners who had returned to play for us, to our MC and Compere Damon Willer, to the Inner Wheel Club of Seaford for providing the Interval refreshments, to Cross Way Church for providing such an admirable venue, and last, but by no means least to all the competitors for providing a memorable evening’s entertainment and Rotarian Isla Sitwell who had organised the whole event.


posted: Saturday, 4 March 2017

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