Rotary Young Musician Competition

Mar 14, 2023

Rotary Young Musicians enthral the audience……again. A full house was in the Wolverhampton Music School on March 5th for the District final of the Rotary Young Musician Competition.

7 clubs had entered 9 young musicians from their club level rounds and their performances were simply stunning, causing the adjudicators to describe many of the presentations as “perfection in every way,” and “extremely competent.” They certainly had a difficult task in selecting the winners in each of the instrumental and vocal categories to go forward to the Regional final which is due to be held on March 26th, leading to the National Final on April 23rd in Manchester.

The Rotary’s own City of Wolverhampton club’s entrant, 16 year old Catherine Chung who attends Wolverhampton Grammar School, had slightly changed her programme from her choices at the club level round. This time, she earned a huge round of applause as she rendered  ‘Domine Deus’ by Vivaldi, ‘Music For A While’ by Purcell and ‘Nell’ by Faure.

However, after much deliberation, vocal adjudicator Lorna Parkhouse decided that 16 year old Hatti Candler, sponsored by the Rotary Club of The Wrekin won the day with her performances of ‘The Girl In 14G’ by Tesori and Scanlan,’ ‘A Song Of Shadows’ by Walter de la Mare and ‘Love’s Philosophy’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

In the instrumental section, the audience was amazed as Tom Junde He, who is only just over 11 years old, gave faultless playings on the piano of ‘Fantasia in C Minor’ by Bach and the instantly recognisable ‘Fantasie Improptu’ in C minor by Chopin.

Tom attends King Edward VI Five Ways School in Birmingham and was sponsored by the Dudley club as a result of his performance in the recent Dudley Festival.

Rotary are extremely grateful for the support and facilities made available to us by the Head, Staff and Friends of the Wolverhampton Schools Music Service.

Everybody is welcome to attend the Regional Final the regional final at 2pm on Sunday, March 26th. at the Wolverhampton Music School, Graiseley. Entry is £3 by programme on arrival.

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