MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR (previous years)
Winner: Imogen Gardiner Piano
Highly Commended: Wilfred Bone Piano; Laurie Jenkins piano
Winner and overall winner of class: Amy Viner piano
Winner: Isobel Hepden voice
Highly Commended: Dulcie Jones clarinet
Winner: Saffron Dunk and Tess Holloway piano duet
Highly Commended: Laurie Roberts and Theo Riley piano duet
Winner and overall winner of class: Qin Yi and Shen Jie Yaw piano duet
Highly Commended: Sasha Reed and Francesca Abrahams piano duet
Winner: Daisy Tune piano and voice
Winner and overall winner of class: Tilly Armstrong voice and clarinet
Winner and overall winner of class: Puyuan Ge violin
Highly Commended: Qin Yi Yaw piano; Aarush Nair piano
Winner: Susannah Potter clarinet
Winner: Joe Rudge violin
Highly Commended: Kaavya Venkatesh violin
Winner and overall winner of class: Eva Scullion voice
Very Highly Commended: James McPherson flugelhorn
Highly Commended: Emilia Lennox voice
Winner and overall winner of class: Alexander Abrahams piano
RIPON YOUNG MUSICIANS PROGRESS IN THE ROTARY NATIONAL COMPETITION 2017
Susie Morgan and Ava Brule-Walker, winners of their classes in the 2017 Ripon Competition, progressed though the District and Regional rounds of the Rotary Young Musician competition and Susie was a finalist at the National final.
Susie (voice) and Ava Brule-Walker (violin) were sent through to the District Round in York. Both girls then went forward to the Regional round in Sprotborough, near Doncaster. Susie then went forward to the final at Heriot Watt University Edinburgh in April 2018. Although she wasn’t placed, she gave a good account of herself. What a great experience for her. Congratulations to both girls on their wonderful achievements and experiences.
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. ‘
- Highly Commended: Shen Jie Yaw and Qin Yi Yaw (piano duet)
NEWS FROM EARLIER YEARS
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.