Hunt is on for talented musicians

Robbie  Messenger, 11, practising the bassoon. (S)
Robbie Messenger, 11, practising the bassoon. (S)

The search for the Ripon Young Musicians of the Year 2013 is now underway with all young players and singers encouraged to take part.

The event, which takes place in November, aims to encourage the musical talent of young people who live, are at school or have private music lessons within 15 miles of the centre of Ripon.

Competition co-founder David Winpenny said: “The competition is now firmly established as an important date in the musical calendar of the area, and we know that we shall once again be welcoming lots of talented young people as we celebrate music-making in the area.”

There are seven classes offering an opportunity for players and singers at any level, from beginners to highly-accomplished musicians, to perform to an appreciative audience.

The classes include a popular Two Skills class where competitors can show their abilities on two instruments, or on instrument and voice, and an ensemble class of groups of two to 10 musicians.

The adjudicator for the event is Penny Stirling, director of Yorkshire Young Musicians .

Competition winners will receive cash prizes, and cups and medals. They will also take part in a concert during the competition. A number of winners will also be chosen to compete in the national Rotary Young Musician competition.

– The event takes place at Holy Trinity Church in Ripon on the evening of Friday, November 22 and throughout Saturday, November 23. Entry forms are available from Ripon library, Ripon Leisure Centre and on the website