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Cheddar Valley Young Musicians make the top note

13th March, 2019 by Jude Owens

Mendip Rotary Club’s annual Young Musician Competition was held recently in the Bailey Concert Hall of Sidcot School with talented instrumentalists and singers participating from the Cheddar Valley Schools and judged by local professional musicians Barry Rose OBE and David Cheetham.

Competing in the over-15 age group from The Kings of Wessex Academy were Year 13 students Sam Kail-Dyke and Nina Tyrrell. On the trumpet, Nina played “Concert Étude” by Goedicke and “Polka” by Allen Vizzutti; whilst Sam played “Nocturne in C# Minor” by Chopin and Christopher Norton’s “Forcing the Pace” on the piano. Both Nina and Sam received encouraging constructive feedback from the judges who were very positive about their playing. Looking ahead, the concert served as a purposeful warm-up performance for Sam’s A Level recital in school next week.

Nina was the overall winner from round one of the competition and was delighted to be announced the winner for the over-15 age group. She now qualifies with the other winners for the Rotary District 1200 competition to be held at Kings later this month, when she will be competing against other winners from similar events held by Rotary Clubs from Somerset, and parts of Dorset and Wiltshire. The standard is likely to be very high.

Nina was also awarded the cup for the best overall performance and now qualifies for the next stage. She has been learning the trumpet for nearly three years and is the leader of the Cheddar Valley Brass Band, and plays with other local ensembles. Nina has been offered a place from September at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Cardiff, to read music after her A Levels.

Rotary competition organiser Roger Burdock thanked the adjudicators, the event sponsors Berry Redmond Gordon & Penney Solicitors, the music teachers at all the local schools, and the Governors of Sidcot School for hosting this event:

“It is wonderful to know that there is such a wealth of young musical talent in the Cheddar Valley, and we hope that this competition will encourage the participants to develop their music skills and encourage others to take part next time.”

Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball praised Nina and Sam “for their excellent effort in the competition and for showcasing their musical skills, and well done to Nina for qualifying for the next stage.”