Two Rothesay Academy pupils were crowned the Rotary Club of Rothesay’s Young Musicians of the Year on Thursday.
Rosa Edwards was chosen as the winning vocalist, and Robin Brandon-Turner the winning instrumentalist, from the 12 pupils who performed in front of Rotary members, parents, teachers, family and friends at Rothesay Joint Campus.
Judges James Boyd, Lyn Bulloch and Father Michael Hutson, parish priest at St Andrew’s Church in Rothesay, selected Rosa’s renditions of Cesar Frank’s Panis Angelicus and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from the musical Evita as the best vocal performance of the competition, and oboeist Robin’s performance of the Introduzione and Allegro from Cimerosa’s oboe concerto as the pick of the instrumentalists.
Rosa and Robin will now go forward to the next step of the national competition - the west of Scotland regional finals at the Royal Conservatoire (formerly the RSAMD) in Glasgow in February.
Father Michael, delivering the judging panel’s verdict, said: “There’s only one thing worse than getting up and performing in front of an audience, and that’s choosing who is the best.” John Young, president of the Rotary Club of Rothesay, added: “There are no losers tonight, we should all be agreed on that.”