Young musicians showcased

Suffolk Young Musician of the Year finals rehearsing on stage at the Theatre Royal in Bury. Jessica Carnegie, 14, a violinist from County Upper School.
Suffolk Young Musician of the Year finals rehearsing on stage at the Theatre Royal in Bury. Jessica Carnegie, 14, a violinist from County Upper School.
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YOUNG musicians showcased their talent at this year’s West Suffolk Young Musician of the Year finals.

The nine finalists performed before Dominic Seldis, principle double bass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, who began his musical career at Guildhall Feoffment Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds. His teacher, Kate Livermore, was in the audience to hear Dominc’s own performance during Tuesday evening’s finals concert.

Suffolk Young Musician of the Year finals rehearsing on stage at the Theatre Royal in Bury. Joe Smith on the alto sax. Joe is 16, from Stowmarket High School.

Suffolk Young Musician of the Year finals rehearsing on stage at the Theatre Royal in Bury. Joe Smith on the alto sax. Joe is 16, from Stowmarket High School.

As patron of the competition he was guest of honour at the event at the Theatre Royal.

He watched the nine young finalists perform before taking to the stage, with a borrowed double bass, while the judges decided on the 2011 winner.

West Suffolk Young Musician 2011 was named as 14-year-old Harry Greene, from Pentlow, near Sudbury.

Harry, who attends Stoke College, also received the Level 2 Trophy. He performed two jazz pieces on the alto and tenor saxophones, which the three judges said demonstrated musicality and an ability to communicate with the audience.

Florence Taylor, from Herringswell, was runner-up, and won the Level 3 section of the competition. Florence, 18, who has just finished at Culford School, was congratulated for her ability to sing in several different languages. She was also praised for her ability to communicate engagingly with the audience, and was awarded the Level 3 Trophy.

The prizes were presented to the young performers by Mr Seldis, who said that he was ‘delighted and proud’ to be able to attend the concert this year.