Over two evenings, from the Warriner School Hall came the sounds of pianos, flutes, cellos, singing and a lot more.
It was the 2024 and the post-covid relaunch of the Banbury Rotary Club Young Musician competition!
Friday evening it was the turn of the youngsters with several cups up for grabs to those who had taken on board the old saying “Practise makes perfect!” (okay – not necessarily pefect – but definitely better!)
Saturday saw the intermediate and senior competitions – and we have to say that some of the singing was beautiful and the piano performances breathtaking!
Thanks to all the competitors who created such a stimulating and entertaining evening and, of course, to their schools and parents for encouraging them to participate.
Beginners Piano …..Romeo Zhou.
Junior Duets …..Aishiani Singh & Jayden Tin.
Junior Strings ……Lucas Zhou.
Junior Singing …..Chloe Sulley.
Junior Guitar …..Sam Conisbee.
Junior Piano …..Lucian Caleb Rasco.
Junior Young Musician…..Sam Conisbee.
Piano ….Julian Habola.
Singing ….Ava Lea James.
Guitar ….Caden Moodley.
Strings ….Ava Lea James,
Woodwind ….Maddie Lewis.
Piano …..Diego Sunga.
Guitar …..Aaron Notley Jones.
Woodwind …..Isabell Kenny.
Ensemble ….Warriner Mixed Ensemble
One Man Band Trophy ….Ava Lea James.
Andrew Brace Trophy ….Freddie Charles.
The Maxwell Trophy ….Warriner School.
The Bob Dix Memorial Trophy ….Zoe Turvey
Here’s a tiny snippet of the standard of set by the overall winner of the competition
Special thanks to the two judges, Mark Paine and Lucy Downer, who provided constructive feedback and undertook the sometimes difficult task of choosing the winners in a highly professional manner.
Thanks to Banbury Town Council for its sponsorship of the event and The Warriner School for hosting and helping out during the evening.
Thanks to Rotarian Gareth Jeremy who, as always, took on the lion’s share of the organising but also to the other Rotary members who undertook countless tasks associated with the smooth running of the event.
Some competitors were unsure whether they kept the cups or returned them. The answer is – as was written on the entry forms. You return them after a year BUT – depending on your age – you can of course come to Young Musician 2025 and win them back again!
Banbury Rotary Club is a club with over 50 members but we have such a full calendar of activities that we’re always looking for new active people to join. Your gender, ethnicity, job or religion is of no relevance to us but if you’re the sort of person who likes to support your community and get things done – we’d love to talk to you! Speak to a Rotary member or contact us through the website. email@example.com