Pianist Louis Ware and vocalist Layla Templeton secured the top spots in the 2015 Rotary Club of Rothesay Young Musician of the Year competition on Thursday evening.
Retaining her title from last year, Layla’s renditions of Ennio Morricone’s Nella Fantasia and Andrew Lippa’s Pulled impressed the three adjudicators - Father Michael Hutson, Lyn Bulloch and Reverend Owain Jones. Louis’ three works - Cancion Para Dormir una Muneca by Antonio Estevez, Indian Pony Race by D. G. Glover, and Improvisation on Divenire by Ludvico Einaudi - were equally impressive, and earned Louis the instrumentalist title.
With six competitors in total this year (three vocalists, three pianists), the standard was very high, with quality performances from the talented youngsters wowing the audience in the hall of Rothesay Joint Campus.
Those competing included vocalists Amber Williams (‘Skinny Love’ by Justin Vernon, ‘Popular’ by Stephen Schwartz), and Emma Flanagan (‘Home’ by Alan Menken, ‘Valerie’ by Dave McCabe), and pianists Hazel Docherty (‘Rondo’ by M. Clementi, ‘True Colours’ by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly), and Cameron Richards (‘Allegro non Tanto’ by J.D. Dussek, ‘60s Swing’ by Evelin Vis).
Click on the video above for a taster of the pupils’ performances, including a clip of Beth Swan who provided entertainment while the judges deliberated.
* See next week’s Buteman for the full report and photos.