Budding musicians compete for top prize

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Audiences in Alford were treated to a display of Donside’s finest budding musical talent at the Young Musician of the Year competition.

The audience was entertained by ten very talented pupils who

each played two pieces of their choice on instruments, which varied from the clarsach to the French horn.

The performers were assessed by vastly experienced judges, Mr IanMilne, a lecturer, and Alistair Macdonald an associate teaching fellow, both of the University of Aberdeen.

Mr Milne and Mr Macdonald have been adjudicators at previous competitions in Alford and said during their summary that the very high standard set by the pupils made their job extremely difficult.

However, the judges agreed that the Senior winner and overall champion was Nathan Vickers who played guitar and the Junior winner was Ben Nichol who played piano.

Picked out for particular praise was Elise Mouat who played a tune she had written for the clarsach.

This year’s event was organised by the members of the Interact Group which is Rotary International in secondary schools. Like Rotary itself, Interact’s aim is to raise as much money as possible for worthy causes and this event was in aid of Befriend a Child and Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide.