TALENT: Clitheroe heat of Rotary Young Musician contest

Rotary Young Musician competitors, from the left, Shannon Gateley, Megan Naylor, Millie Forrest and Karen Wilkinson. Back row left to right, Thomas Bannigan and Matthias Turner.
Rotary Young Musician competitors, from the left, Shannon Gateley, Megan Naylor, Millie Forrest and Karen Wilkinson. Back row left to right, Thomas Bannigan and Matthias Turner.

Talented youngsters took centre stage when the local heat of the Rotary Young Musician Competition 2013 took place at St Mary’s Parish Church in Clitheroe.

Jointly organised by the Rotary Clubs of Clitheroe and Ribblesdale, the competition saw six talented young people compete for two places in the District Final, which will be held at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School on February 2nd next year.

An appreciative audience was entertained by a trio of students from Stonyhurst College. Cellist Matthias Turner performed the Bach Cello Suite No3 – Prelude. Vocalist Thomas Bannigan sang “O del mio dolce ardor”, by Gluck, and trumpet player Shannon Gateley performed the first movement of the Neruda Trumpet Concerto.

Representing Clitheroe Royal Grammar School was pianist Millie Forrest playing Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, by Grieg, and Hallelujah Time, by Oscar Peterson.

Playing Handel’s Sonata Number Three, Coffee and Croissants, by Alan Bullard, and Rumba (A study in Rhythm) on the recorder was Megan Naylor, also of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. Finally, St Augustine’s RC High School was represented by vocalist Karen Wilkinson, who sang The Little Spanish Town, by Peter Jenkyns, and I’m Not That Girl, by Stephen Schwartz.

All performances were of an extremely high standard but the adjudicators were unanimous in their decision that the winning instrumentalist was Millie Forrest and the winning vocalist was Karen Wilkinson. Trophies and monetary prizes were awarded to the winners by the two club presidents, David Bleazard and David Ratcliffe.