Young music makers in Ripon strike the right chord
The musical talent of Ripon hit the right note during a competition to showcase the area’s musicianship.
The 2019 Ripon Young Musicians of the Year Competition, organised by the Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Ripon and Ripon Rowels, was held at St. John’s Church Sharow and adjudicated by Nicholas Carter.
The winners included class 1 (up to and including Year 4) – Imogen Gardiner (Piano); class 2 (Years 5 and 6) – section one – Amy Viner (Piano) – class winner; Section two – Isobel Hepden (voice).
Other winners included class 3 (ensembles) – section 1 (Years 4 to 8) – Saffron Dunk and Tess Holloway (Piano duet); Section 2 (Years 9 to 13) – Qin Yi Yaw and Shen Jie Yaw (Piano duet) – class winner; Class 4 (two skills) – section 1 (up to Year 8) – daisy tune (Piano and Voice); Section 2 (Year 9 upwards) - Tilly Armstrong (Voice and Clarinet) – class winner; class 5 (Years 7 and 8) – Section 1 – Puyuan Ge (Violin) – class winner; section two – Suzannah Potter (clarinet).
Also class 6 (Years 9 and 10) section 1 – Joe Rudge (Violin) – Class winner; Section 2- Eva Scullion (Voice); class 7 (Years 11, 12 and 13) – section 1 – Alexander Abrahams (Piano) – class winner.
Meanwhile in the European Piano Teachers Association Cup for Piano Performance the top award was won by Alexander Abrahams and the Scullion Cup for singing was awarded to Eva Scullion.
In other categories, up and coming James McPherson (Flugelhorn – class 6) was very highly commended by the adjudicator and was awarded a new Cup (which was presented David Winpenny, founder of the competition) for the most promising instrumentalist.