Rotarians offer young musicians support at district final

President John Young, Rotarians Wendy Brownlie, Stuart Shaw and Iain Dunn attended the West of Scotland District ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow on February 17.

The reason for the visit was to give moral support to Rothesay’s representatives – Rosa Edwards and Robin Brandon-Turner.

Seventeen young musicians representing Rotary Clubs from throughout the West of Scotland, from Lochaber to Prestwick, competed for the District Prize in each of the two categories - vocalist and instrumentalist. We were treated to performances on strings, brass, woodwind, percussion and vocal.

The adjudicators, Wilma MacDougall and David O’Connell - both teachers at the Royal Conservatoire - confirmed that the competition was fierce with excellent performances from everyone and some truly outstanding ones. On announcing the winners, the competitors were told “Life is competitive – sometimes you win sometimes you lose, but you are all winners today!”

Laura Ayoub playing the violin, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Charing Cross, was the winning instrumentalist. Reece McInroy, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kilmarnock, was the winning vocalist. Both will go on to the Regional Final (Scotland and North East England) on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at New Battle Abbey College, Midlothian.

The winners of that event will compete in the Great Britain and Ireland Grand Final at Longfield Academy in Dartford, Kent on Saturday, May 4, 2013. We wish them every success.

We are grateful for the support given by staff at Rothesay Academy, and especially to instrumental instructor Tony Spencer, who accompanied both our representatives.

(Iain Dunn, Rotary Club of Rothesay)