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Rotary Young Musician 2014

Christine Barbour, David Bayne and Eleanor Murray present the trophy to our winner.Congratulations to Loughlin Young and Chiara McMorran.

Published by Mr Macdonald
Thursday 27 February 2014

Castle Douglas High School has continued its partnership with the town’s Rotary Club by recently hosting the annual Young Musician of the Year Competition.

Divided into two categories – instrumental and vocal -  a large audience of parents, Rotarians, school staff and friends of the school enjoyed an evening of music in a wide variety of styles. Ranging  from classical music to rock ‘ n ‘ roll drum solos, the young people involved all acquitted themselves very well and the judges found selecting a winner in each category to be a very demanding task.

Judges Christine Barbour, a Music Teacher in Dumfries and David Bayne, School Chaplain took time over their deliberations while the audience were entertained by music on the clarsachd from last year’s winner, Catriona Clark. Eventually, this year’s winners were announced. The winner in the instrumental category was Loughlin Young, with Lucy Bell in second place and Alastair Clements-Paton in third.

First place in the vocal category was awarded to Chiara McMorran for her rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” from “Les Miserables”. John McQueen came second and Jade Graham was third.

Chiara McMorran was declared the overall winner and went on to perform in the regional competition in Annan, where she came second. This now means that she will go on the next round of the competition in Edinburgh in the Spring.

Music teachers Alison Guthrie, Robbie Huxtable and Jill Riley accompanied the talented young musicians on the piano. Miss Guthrie hosted the evening and the prizes were awarded by Mrs Eleanor Murray in memory of  her late husband Billy , who was a keen Rotarian and long-standing friend of the school.

Head Teacher Gerry Donnelly said, “I was impressed with the serious manner in which the pupils approached the competition. Choosing winners must have been an extremely difficult task given the high standards. However, I am particularly delighted for Chiara who has performed to an incredibly standard to come second in the region. We wish her well in the next round. Finally, I am grateful to the Rotary Club for their continuing support of the school and providing opportunities for our youngsters to excel and shine.”