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RIPON YOUNG MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR

12 November 2017

 

TALENTED YOUNGSTERS NAMED AS RIPON YOUNG MUSICIANS

 

Ripon Young Musicians of the Year, held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November, again showed the breadth of musical talent among local young people.

 

The competition, organised by the Rotary Clubs and Inner Wheel Clubs of Ripon and Ripon Rowels,  is open to young music students up to the age of 18 living, at school or having music lessons within 15 miles of Ripon. This year’s competitors performed works by 37 different composers, from Handel and Haydn to Lionel Bart and Leonard Bernstein.  

 

Held for the first time at St John’s Church in Sharow, the competition welcomed Margaret Smith as adjudicator.  An experienced teacher and an adjudicator member of the British & International Federation of Festivals, she encouraged all the competitors and gave them positive comments on their performances.

 

Ripon Young Musicians of the Year, described as a celebration of young talent, was being run for the sixteenth time this year.  There were seven classes, including a ’Two Skills’ class that provides the chance for competitors to play two instruments in succession, or to play and sing, and an ‘Ensembles’ class from groups of from two to ten players.

 

Most of the classes were divided into two sections, and the winners of each section received a medal and a cash prize.  There were also cups, and the title Ripon Young Musician of the Year, for the best performers in each class. 

 

Horn-player Harry Warner-Reed was placed first in Class 1, for up to Year 4, and won the cup donated by the Inner Wheel Club of Ripon Rowels.  Class 2, for Years 5 and 6, was won by violinist Puyuan Ge.  The ensembles class was won by a vocal duet with piano, performed by Susie Morgan, Katharine Chatterton and Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla.   Susie Morgan, as violinist and singer, won the Two Skills class, and violinist Ava Brulé-Walker won class 5, for years 7 and 8.   Winner in Class 6, for years 9 and 10, was flautist Emma Lees.  The most senior class, Class 7 for Years 11 to 13, was won by violinist Benedict Baily.

 

There was a new cup this year, the Scullion Cup for Singing, which was presented by Mr  Scullion to Susie Morgan. The cup for piano performance, presented by the UK branch of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA), was won by Shen Jie Yaw. As well as the winners, Margaret Smith chose Kaavya Venkatesh (violin) as ‘Most Promising Performer’. 

 

All the section and class winners performed in a concert on Saturday evening, following the competition; also performing were local string group Fiddlefingers and a former Ripon Young Musician and Rotary Regional finalist, cellist  Ben Messenger.   During the concert the Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Pauline McHardy, presented a cheque for £200, from the City Council’s small grants awards, to the competition.

 

David Winpenny, who founded the competition in 2001 says, ‘Once again Ripon Young Musicians of the Year was a real celebration of the skills of our young people and of the dedication of their teachers and their parents.  We thank them all, and we are very grateful to Margaret Smith for making the day so pleasant and relaxed for everyone in her adjudications.  Thanks also to Ripon City Council for their support of the event, and to Mr and Mrs Scullion for presenting the new cup. ‘

 

 

 

The full results are as follows:

 

Class 1 (up to and including school year 4)

Section 1: up to and including Grade 1 standard

  • Winner – Harry Warner-Reed (French horn)
  • Highly Commended – Constance Peat (violin)

 

CLASS WINNER and Ripon Young Musician of the Year – Harry Warner-Reed

 

Class 2 (school years 5 and 6)

Section 1 – Piano and strings

  • Winner – Puyuan Ge (violin)
  • Highly Commended – Catherine Taylor (piano)

 

CLASS WINNER and Ripon Young Musician of the Year – Puyuan Ge

 

Class 3 – Ensembles

Section 1 – Years 4 to 8

  • Winners – Alexandra Romyn, Elizabeth McEvoy and Susie Morgan (vocal duet and piano)
  • Commended – Edith Cooper and Catherine Taylor (piano duet)
  • Commended – Sasha Reed and Francesca Abrahams (piano duet)

 

Section 2 – Years 9 to 13

  • Winners: Susie Morgan, Katharine Chatterton and Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla (vocal duet and piano)
  • Highly Commended: Shen Jie Yaw and Qin Yi Yaw (piano duet)

 

CLASS WINNER and Ripon Young Musician of the Year – Susie Morgan, Katharine Chatterton and Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla (vocal duet and piano)

 

Class 4 (Two skills)

Section 1 – (school years 4 to 8)

  • Winner – Eva Scullion (trumpet and voice)

 

Section 2 – (school years 4 to 8)

  • Winner – Susie Morgan (voice and violin)

 

WINNER and Ripon Young Musician of the Year – Susie Morgan

 

Class 5 (school years 7 and 8)

Section 1 – Piano and strings

  • Winner – Ava Brulé-Walker (violin)
  • Highly Commended – Kaavya Venkatesh (violin)
  • Commended – Yuan Xu (piano)
  • Commended – Tracey Yuge Xie

 

Section 2 – Woodwind, brass and voice

  • Winner – Joseph Davis (voice)

 

CLASS 5 WINNER and Ripon Young Musician of the Year – Ava Brulé-Walker

 

Class 6 (school years 9 and 10)

Section 1 – Piano and strings

  • Winner – Shen Jie Yaw (piano)
  • Commended – Alexander Abrahams (piano)

 

Section 2 – Woodwind, brass and voice

  • Winner – Emma Lees (flute)

 

CLASS 6 WINNER and Ripon Young Musician of the Year – Emma Lees

 

Class 7 (school years 11, 12 and 13)

Section 1 – Piano and strings

  • Winner – Benedict Baily (violin)

 

Section 2 – Woodwind, brass and voice

  • Winner – Rafaella Shiers (voice)

 

CLASS 7 WINNER and Ripon Young Musician of the Year – Benedict Baily

 

Most Promising performer: Kaavya Venkatesh (violin)

 

EPTA Cup for Piano Playing – She Jie Yaw

 

Scullion Cup for Singing – Susie Morgan

 

Chosen to go through to the Rotary District round of Rotary Young Musician of the Year: Ava Brulé-Walker (violin), Susie Morgan (voice)

 

ENDS

For more information contact David Winpenny on 01765 607641

 

May 2015

RIPON YOUNG MUSICIANS CELLIST IN NATIONAL COMPETITION FINAL

Sixteen-year-old ‘cellist Ben Messenger, one of the 2014 Ripon Young Musicians of the Year, performed in the final of the national Rotary Young Musician competition, having won both the district and regional rounds.  A great achievement.

Ben (16), who lives in Helperby and is a student at Boroughbridge High School, studies the ‘cello with Sue Lowe, one of the country’s best teachers.  He was always determined to study the instrument and began, aged four, on a one-thirty-second-sized ‘cello – which was slightly too large for him.

He competed in the Young Musician Competition, sponsored by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland, at Darwen in Lancashire on Saturday 16 May, when he played a 10-minute programme of contrasting works.  In the Ripon Young Musicians of the Year competition, held in October last year, Ben won Class 6, for students in years 9 and 10, and was chosen to go forward to the Rotary District and Regional rounds, both of which were held in York earlier this year. 

 The Ripon Young Musicians competition is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Ripon and Ripon Rowels, and by the Inner Wheel of Ripon Rowels. As part of his prize, Ben received tickets for a ‘cello recital organised by Ripon Cathedral Concert Society, where he met local resident David Page, who generously offered to lend Ben a fine antique German ‘cello, which he will play in the final. 

David Winpenny, who founded Ripon Young Musicians of the Year in 2001, says, ‘For several years our competition has provided young musicians for the national Rotary Young Musician event, and we are delighted that this year we have Ben in the final.  We know he is an exceptional musician, and he will undoubtedly do us proud in his music-making.’



SUCCESS AT ROTARY DISTRICT YOUNG MUSICIAN 2015

Congratulations to Ben Messenger for winning Young Musician 2015 at the Rotary District Competition held at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Saturday 7th March.  We wish him well for the Regional Competition.



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