The memory of former local Rotarian Frank Barnes was honoured at the inaugural Ribble Valley Rotary Young Musician competition.
On a day collaboratively organised by the Rotary clubs of Clitheroe and Ribblesdale, a trophy in memory of Frank, a former member of the Clitheroe club, was presented to the winning instrumentalist.
The Rotary Young Musician Competition was held in Clitheroe Parish Church and the Frank Barnes Trophy was presented by his wife, Patricia, on the date which would have been Frank’s birthday. An identical trophy, kindly sponsored by Rotarian John Houldsworth, of the Rotary Club of Ribblesdale, was presented to the winning vocalist.
An attentive audience was spellbound by the professional standard displayed by the young instrumentalists who performed throughout the morning, resulting in the unanimous decision by the adjudicators to award first place to pianist Laura Erel, of Stonyhurst College. Laura will now qualify for the district element of this national competition, to be held in the new year in Lancaster.
Runner-up was flautist Alice O’Donnell, a pupil at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. No stranger to Rotary competitions, Alice was also voted best chairman of the winning team in the local heat of Young Speaker of the Year 2011 contest.
The afternoon saw similar high performances from vocalists in the competition which resulted in Elizabeth Golding, of St Augustine’s RC High School, being awarded first place. Again, multi-talented Elizabeth has enjoyed success in previous Rotary competitions, winning the Best Young Writer title in 2007/08. She too now goes through to the district music competition in the New Year, featuring district winners from across Lancashire and Cumbria.