Photo Caption: Tom Myles and Grainne White

A record-breaking year for Rotary’s NI Young Musician event

A record-breaking year for Rotary’s NI Young Musician event

For the first time in its 24-year history, there are two NI Young Musicians of the Year 2016.

On Saturday last, 14-year-old Tom Myles, a clarinetist from Regent House School, tied for the title with Grainne White, a 16-year-old violinist from Carrickfergus Grammar School.

Adjudicator Michael McCracken was so impressed by both performances that he could not separate them. He pointed to their excellent musicianship, saying: “At this level I take technical ability for granted but both these performers displayed those extra-special qualities that mark out top-class musicians: passion and commitment". Michael praised Tom's complete command of the difficult Time Pieces by Polish-American composer Robert Muscynski and Grainne's authoritative interpretation of the dramatic Praeludium and Allegro by Austrian Fritz Kreisler.

Runner-up was 17-year-old Matthew Kendell, from St Malachy's College, who played an Elegie by Vieuxtemps on viola.

Third prize went to 17-year-old cornet player Sam Brodison, also from Carrickfergus GS, who played a concerto by Philip Sparke.

The Most Promising Young Musician title was won by 11-year-old Jack Myles on trombone, brother of the joint winner, performing The Acrobat by John Greenwood.

Winners of certificates were: Jake Houston (flute), 13, from Cambridge House School; Anna-Maria O’Donnell (cello), 15, from St Mary’s GS; Angela Liu (piano), 12, from Methodist College; Robert Henderson (recorder), 13, from Lumen Christi College; Jamie Howe (piano), 13, from Friends’ School; Ganesha O’Donnell (viola), 17, from St Mary’s GS; Rebecca Doherty (recorder), 16, from Lumen Christi College; Bethany McClenaghan (piano), 16; Olivia Palmer-Baker (bassoon), from Regent House; Jack Rainey (flute), 17, from Fivemiletown College; and Georgia Begley (violin), 16, from Methodist College.

Comber Rotary Club is grateful to all who contributed to the event by advertising in the programme and donating ballot prizes.

Special thanks goes to Michael Harrison, official accompanist, and to Fivemiletown College who, not for the first time, collected a large sum of money for Rotary charities.

Story by: DA

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