Searching out Ripon’s young musical talent

Ripon Young Musician. (1110154AM1)
Ripon Young Musician. (1110154AM1)

The search is on for Ripon’s Young Musicians of the Year.

Billed as a “celebration of all young musicians in the area,” the competition aims to encourage the city’s young musical talent.

To qualify youngsters must be 18-years-old or younger and live within 15 miles of the centre of Ripon. There are seven classes on offer at the competition which runs on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, giving players and singers at every level a chance to compete in front of a live audience. There will be a Two Skills class, where competitors can show their abilities on two instruments, or on instrument and voice, and an Ensemble class featuring groups of two to ten musicians.

An evening concert will include competition winners and two will be chosen to compete in the national Rotary Young Musician competition.

The adjudicator for the event is Ralph Allwood, formerly Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College and now choral advisor for Novello and Co, for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and for the Voices Foundation.

This year’s Ripon Young Musicians of the Year is being organised by Ripon Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels and the Inner Wheel of Ripon Rowels, with help from founders and organisers David and Sheila Winpenny.

Leaflets and entry forms are available at Ripon Library, Ripon Leisure Centre and at other outlets in and around the city.

They will also be sent to schools and private music teachers. For more information or to download an entry form log onto

Organiser David Winpenny said: “Over the last decade Ripon Young Musicians has established itself as an important part of the life of the city and of the talented young people of the area.

“We are delighted that the two Rotary Clubs and the Inner Wheel of Ripon Rowels have taken up the baton to take the competition into the future.

“We are all looking forward to welcoming lots of talented young people to take part in Ripon Young Musician of the Year 2012