The next generation of musical talent from Bute was on show at Rothesay Joint Campus on Thursday in the Rotary Club of Rothesay’s Young Musician of the Year competition.
Thirteen performers - six instrumentalists and seven singers - performed in front of members of the Rotary Club and members of the public, hoping to be chosen to go forward to the district final of the annual competition.
The three judges - Father Michael Hutson from St Andrew’s Church, Trinity Church organist Lyn Bulloch and Isle of Bute Jazz Festival chairman Tim Saul, chose clarinet player Tia Nicholson as the winning instrumentalist and Daniel Sweet as the winning singer, after hearing Tia play the first movement from Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestucke and Sarabande by Grovlez, and Daniel sing two contemporary numbers, Last Request by Paolo Nutini and Michael Buble’s Haven’t Met You Yet.
The night’s programme included a huge variety of classical and contemporary pieces and composers - the former including Franz Danzi, a contemporary of Beethoven, and J.S. Bach, while among the latter were the 2011 UK chart-topper Titanium, written by Sia Furler, and Paloma Faith’s 2012 hit Just Be.
Tia and Daniel will now go forward to the district final in Glasgow, to be held on Sunday, March 29, 2014 in the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.