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Eight finalists from Churchill Academy performed on Monday 25th January at the prestigious Churchill Young Musician of the Year competition. Each presented a short programme before a packed audience and panel of judges chaired by Richard Dickins, Director of Music at Imperial College London.
The overall winner of the Churchill Young Musician of the Year award was Katie Barber, an extremely accomplished Year 12 singer. Katie performed two contrasting pieces, one from the musical Edges - Lying There, and the other the well-known Dream a Little Dream, sung in a very relaxed and convincing jazz style. In addition, bass guitarist Joe Richardson (Year 10) received the Junior Prize and Naomi Mills (Year 12) was awarded the Audience prize.
In addition Anna Lalande (Year 12), who sang three songs each in a different language, all beautifully, and with real musical maturity, was awarded the Raymond Hayter Song Prize.
The whole evening was lovely, with refreshments and snacks in the interval and a charming performance by the Churchill Academy Chamber Choir. The event was another triumph for Churchill Academy Music Department and Churchill Music!
Tickets are now on sale for the amazing Christmas Extravaganza at the Colston Hall on Tuesday 8th December.
The evening will feature a massed choir of Primary School Children from throughout North Somerset, bands from the School of Pop & Rock, the North Somerset Jazz Orchestra, and the Intermediate groups from the Backwell Centre for Young Musicians. In previous years the event has been in Santa’s diary and he has popped in to wish the performers well!
Tickets can be purchased from the Colston Hall Box Office on 0844 887 1500
The deadline for applying to take part in the North Somerset Concerto Competition is Friday 23rd October. Application forms can be downloaded from here!
Each year amazing talented young musicians from within North Somerset take part in the Concerto Competition which enables two young people to perform a concerto with one of the senior NSCYM ensembles Sinfonia, NS Concert Band or Vivace, around Easter time. Full details of approved repertoire can be found here.
The competition is open to young players under the age of 19 who are members of local orchestras, bands or ensembles.