The District 1200 Final of Rotary Young Musician took place on Sunday 15 March at Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar. Usually there would be a dozen entrants but coronavirus worries, and a bereavement, reduced the field to seven.
All performers sang or played to an excellent standard and it was a most enjoyable afternoon of music-making. The Vocalist First Place went to Ellen Steward (representing the Taunton Club) with Hermione Hunt (Wellington) as Runner Up.
In the Instrumentalist Section the adjudicators awarded First Place jointly to George Knowles (Tuba, representing Taunton) and George Blundell (trombone, also representing Taunton); the Runner Up was Yuying Fan (piano, representing Mendip).
Sadly none of these talented youngsters will be able to go forward to the Regional and National Finals as this was the last such occasion before coronavirus has caused the cancellation of all Rotary Youth activities.
Normal service, we hope, will resume for next year’s competitions. We have 55 Clubs in D1200 but very few were represented in Young Musician. Nationally it is a most prestigious competition and it only needs one music-loving Rotarian in a Club to do something about it and we could be overwhelmed with entries! Do think about it for next year!
Report by Alan Reeve