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Crocus Concerts – March 2019

The Rotary Club of Banbury presents

 

MARCH CROCUS CONCERTS 2019

at St Mary’s Church, Banbury

Choirs and Musicians from Local Schools
7.00pm – admission £5 at the door
accompanied children free
(No advance ticket sales)

Tuesday 12th
Bloxham, Sibford and Tudor Hall

Thursday 14th
Chenderit, North Oxfordshire Academy, The Warriner,  and Wykham Park Academy

Final Concert
…. ****Postponed  until 11th June 2019***** ……
Blessed George Napier, St John’s and St Joseph’s

Proceeds in aid of
HELEN & DOUGLAS HOUSE
and
END POLIO NOW!

Registered Charity No. 274108

Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2019

A capacity audience at Tudor Hall School on Saturday evening was treated to an exciting and enjoyable variety of first-class musical talent from local young people, following which 13 year old Sam Hallett was crowned Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2019.

With over 60 young musicians giving many outstanding performances the adjudicators had an exceptionally hard task in selecting not just the overall winner but also the winners of the various competition sections.

Gareth Jeremy, the Rotary Club of Banbury organiser of the event said “I never cease to be amazed that year on year the talent and musical skills of the young contestants seems to increase exponentially making it harder each year for the adjudicators to select the winners. Sam is the youngest overall winner we have had in the 29 years that the competition has been held and I have no doubt his musical ability will take him to the highest professional level.”

As well as Sam, Sebastian Foxwell, Sophie Lagden, and Polly Walters are going forward to the Rotary District 1090 Finals Competition being held on 17 March at Joseph’s College, Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5JT, where if successful they could do on to the Regional and National Finals.

Young Musician Finals – 2nd March 2019

We very much look forward to hearing the excellent performances of the finalists on Saturday 2nd March at Tudor Hall School, Banbury.

Date:  2nd March

Place:  Tudor Hall School Bloxham Road Banbury.

Time:

Juniors — 4.00pm

           Intermediate / Seniors. — 6.45pm

Admission

including refreshments,

Family £12,  Adults £6

                    OAP  / under 18’s  –£3

Competitors & accompanists — Free

 

Congratulations to all those who have been successful in getting to the Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2019 Finals.

Banbury Young Musician of the Year Heats

The very best of luck to all those taking part this evening and tomorrow in the heats of the Banbury Young Musician of the Year Competition 2019 at Tudor Hall School.

Young Musician of the Year 2019

The heats for this year’s Banbury Young Musician of the Year take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January at Tudor Hall School. The very best of luck to all the entrants, the successful ones of which will go thorough to the Finals on 2nd March.

Children Singing for Children Concerts

At Banbury Rotary Club’s Children Singing for Children Concerts earlier this month 600 children from 25 local primary schools raised £7,000 for children’s charities!

Organiser Jonathan Meredith said, “Many, many thanks and congratulations to all the children and staff involved in making this year’s concerts another resounding success. The spine-tingling finales were matched once more by the individual school performances, which get better every year.”

Of the total raised for the chosen charities 70% will go to Banbury Sunshine Centre and 20% will be shared equally between Banbury Rotary Club’s Schools Projects in Sierra Leone and The Gambia. The remaining 10% will go to other local Rotary Children’s Charities in the period up to June 30th 2019.

Each school that took part receives a commemorative certificate and each individual child a smaller version of the same certificate.

Young Chef of the Year Competition

Background

In line with the last 10 years of the local competition, plans for this year’s competition were developed in September, starting with discussions with Banbury & Bicester Campus of Active Learning Colleges regarding the hire of the kitchens and restaurant as a venue. Once the venue and date for use of the College for the Banbury heat cooking final were agreed all the secondary schools in the Banbury area were approached with full details of the competition asking for the appropriate staff members to encourage their students to take part and we were on the way!

Most of the schools expressed interest back in September and have taken part in the past but of course each year there is no certainty they will support the event again! As ever we await applications to see whether there is sufficient interest for the competition to take place.

Applications

The first stage of making an application with written details of their menus is required by the closing date – Friday 14th December.

Applicants are asked to cook two three-course meals in a two-hour period. On receipt of an adequate number of applications the normal paper assessment of applications will take place to select the most promising candidates with healthy menus. The eight finalists for the big day are then selected.

At last there will be certainty and we will carry on making the remainder of the arrangements for the final scheduled for Tuesday 8th January 2019.

The Main Event

After 2 hours of time-pressured cooking by the finalists the 3 experienced judges who have agreed to take part will then select a winner and runner-up. The evening will be concluded by the presentation of certificates for each Finalist and the trophies for the winner and runner up by the Town Mayor.

These two successful students are invited to take part in the next round of the overall National competition that takes place in Newbury on Saturday 19th January 2019.

The top three placed finalist in the National Competition will receive major trophies.

Full details of the competition and arrangements are available from Rotarian Bernard Goodchild youngchef@banburyrotaryclub.org.uk

Warriner Practice Interviews 2017

The final part of the Practice Interview Programme (PIP) conducted by Club this year was concluded on Wednesdays 5th July when 5 students from the Warriner School were interviewed for a second time as part of the competition to find the student who most impressed.  All 5 students were worthy of their second interview, and each performed well.

In the end the 3 interviewers (Ashley and Rosemary Bedding, and Nigel Randall) easily agreed that Bethany Parish came across as the most impressive student, mainly because she showed that she was able to take full part in her school education whilst following her love of both stage and technical aspects of the theatre in school and AmDram productions, girl guiding and maintaining a social life whilst at the same time juggling her complex young carer duties for her single mum (who had mental and physical difficulties) and younger brother. In addition, she was already discussing with Oxford Brookes how she could study for a future career in the theatre whilst fulfilling her carer responsibilities. It was a very humbling experience speaking to her, more especially as she was only 15 years old.

My thanks go to all Rotarians and Friends of Club who volunteer to conduct the PIP interviews at BGN and the Warriner each year, and without whom this scheme would not be possible.  Older Club members may recall that the late Rotarian John Meeres imported PIP from his previous Club ‘up North’ over 12 years ago. Below is a recent email from the Careers Leader at the Warriner that will hopefully endorse why the programme remains so important:

Nigel,

I would like to formally thank you and your colleagues for your valuable contribution to the careers education of our new Year 11 students. The interviews are the final careers activity of the year, following work experience and an enrichment day, and I have received a resounding positive feedback from all students which I would like to pass on to you. 

Students commented that your team made them feel at ease and that they have developed a greater understanding about the purpose of an interview. This education is invaluable in terms of developing the confidence of young people to progress in the big wide world. Many students admitted to feeling very proud of themselves at have conducted themselves well and really appreciated the verbal and written feedback that was sensitively given. The certificates were well received and I don’t think we should underestimate their value either as there was a palpable sense of pride as students received them.

I framed the certificates for the finalists and these students gained a lot of respect from their peers who were pleasantly surprised that it was not ‘the expected’ finalists and that the ultimate winner was perhaps in their eyes now someone who has risen significantly in the whole school’s estimation.  Bethany burst in to tears when accepting the news she had won and if you and your colleagues look on the Warriner Facebook page for will see (as well as pictures) that the comments from her relatives are a pleasure to read. Her personal confidence will no doubt have received a significant boost. She no doubt has a fantastic future awaiting her.

Finally, my apologies for the Mock exams inconvenience: no one was more disappointed than myself at the problems it caused but thank you for the flexibility and patience demonstrated by your magnificent team. Your work is much appreciated by students, the wider Warriner community and myself. 

Yours sincerely, Nigel Smith, Careers Leader

Mary Wins District Finals

Mary wins Rotary District 1090 Young musician Finals.

Mary Eckert, runner-up in the Banbury Young Musician senior singing section went one better in the District Finals last Saturday, winning the competition and securing a place in the forthcoming regional finals to be held at the end of March.
The Tudor Hall student impressed the judges with her virtuosity by singing “Vedrai Carino” by Mozart, “Somewhere” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (the piece she sang at one of this month’s Purple4Polio Concerts at St Mary’s Church Banbury) and “Per La Gloria D’Adorarvi” by Giovanni Bononcini.

Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert

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As a result of the success of our Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert we will be donating £2,500 to Katharine House Hospice.

This year celebrates 25 years of running the Banbury Young Musician of the Year Competition under the expert guiding hand of Rtn. Gareth Jeremy, who has undertaken this task with the impressive enthusiasm and commitment that we have come to expect from him.

Thanks to the great success of the event, our Club has benefitted from some great publicity in producing winners that have moved on to great things in the world of music.

To celebrate these achievements, Gareth organised a Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert held at Tudor Hall School on Sunday 21st June.

Past Young Musician of the Year winners who are now professional or semi-professional musicians entertained us with a potpourri of musical genres from the avant-garde to classical in recognition of the role that the Young Musician Competition has played in their musical career.

Performances were given by:

  • Marcel Zidani – winner in 1991
  • Bethany Porter – winner in 2000
  • Lucy Downer – winner in 2003
  • Kris Reader – winner in 2004
  • Umito Choji – winner in 2007
  • William Dibble – runner up in 2012 District 1090 Competition
  • Tavia Lewis – winner in 2015