Eighteen Banchory Academy students took part in the first round of Rotary’s National competition Young Musician of the Year, round one being sponsored by Banchory Rotary and held in Hill of Banchory School on 8th February.
A capacity crowd of friends, relatives and Rotarians enjoyed an exciting and ambitious programme of musical entertainment, compeered with wit and musical knowledge by Banchory Academy Depute Rector Graham Bett.
The Judges, Moira Hunter, Nicky Bradford and Andrew Cheyne had an unenviable task, due to the very high standards achieved in both instrumental and vocal performances, but after long deliberations they reached their decision to award pianist Will Loughney 1st place in the Instrumentalist category, for his excellent performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Melodie in E”. The runner-up was Angus Allen, also a pianist who played “Andante Espressivo” by Mendelssohn.
The 1st place from the Vocalist category went to Chris Irvine for a beautifully sung “Anthem” from Chess by Rice Ulvaeus Andersson and the runner up was Charlotte Culter who sang “One Day I’ll Fly Away”, by Armstrong.
Following presentations to the winners and runners-up (pictured above) and encores from Will and Chris, Banchory Rotary President Edwina Keown paid tribute to the high standard achieved by all the performers, their Music teacher accompanists, parents for their support, Hill of Banchory for an excellent venue and also to local Rotarian Ken Lennox and his team for organizing the event. Will and Chris each go forward to the next round of the competition, the North of Scotland District 1010 competition which takes place in Strathallan School, Perth on Saturday, February 19.
Friends and supporters of the competitors are invited to attend.