Aboyne musicians get up to high doh

Winning Aboyne music pupil Alan Leahy
Winning Aboyne music pupil Alan Leahy

Musical youngsters at Aboyne Academy were getting up to high doh at their second annual young musician of the year competition last week.

The event, held in the Community Theatre, attracted a large audience who were treated to a wonderful level of musicianship.

The evening was compered by Rotarian the Rev Frank Ribbons and coordinated for the Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside - supporters of the event - by Rotarian Julie Nichol.

The 10 students in the senior section (S4 to S6) and seven in the junior section (S1 to S3) entertained with an eclectic mix including classical, traditional Scottish, Broadway and modern. The instruments were an equally diverse range including piano, xylophone, alto saxophone, violin, pipes, clarsach and voice

The judging panel was chaired by Louise Counsel and included Karen Cardy and Pauline Black

After the refreshment break the Academy Junior Choir entertained and while the judges were deliberating the Academy Ceilidh Band played some very lively sets of jigs, waltzes and reels; including a sailor’s hornpipe with dancers.

The judges commended all the competitors on their high standard.

Winner of the junior section was Lee Taylor on the bagpipes and runner-up was Ellie McLaren who played a medley of traditional tunes on the fiddle.

Winner of the senior section was S4 student Ian Leahy who played Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saens on the cello. Runner-up in the senior section was Callum Cruickshank who played accordion and piano. He also accompanied Ellie McLaren for her performance.

Ian was performing for the first year in the senior section having been runner-up in the juniors last year.

Rector Raymond Jowett gave a closing address, commending all the competitors and thanking all the Academy staff and Rotarians who had made the evening such a success.

Proceeds from the evening will contribute to the Rotary Club’s sponsorship of three Academy students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards residential summer camp at the Abernethy Outdoor Centre in July.

Anyone who would like to know more about the work of the Rotary Club is welcome to contact RotarianMike Powell on 013398 86369 or HYPERLINK “mailto:mike.powell21@tiscali.co.uk” mike.powell21@tiscali.co.uk or go onto the Rotary website at HYPERLINK “http://www.ribi.org” www.ribi.org