Young musicians win places West Suffolk talent finals

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The talented finalists have been chosen for two competitions for young musicians in West Suffolk.

Over two evenings youngsters showed off their talent in the heats of the 2015 West Suffolk Young Musician Competition in the Performing Arts Centre at County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds. They were grouped by ability and instrument.

The instrumentalists and vocalists performed to an audience of parents and friends and had feedback from specialist adjudicators with experience as teachers and performers.

WSYM chairman Lois Hinsley said: “Local young musicians clearly value this opportunity to perform out of school, in specialised public venues such as The Apex and The Hunter Club.

“We can only offer this because Music Sales Group, Balaams Music, NADFAS Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk Sinfonia, G Signs & Design and The Apex generously provide financial assistance and services.”

The heats’ winners were: level one; Molly Papps (voice), Isabella Scott (flute), Poppy Quin (piano), Francesca Akehurst (violin), Carl Davis (trombone): level two; Oliver Raymond (voice), Sarah Burns (alto sax and piano), Rebecca Francis (cello), Ewan Parkin (trumpet): three; Riona Snelling (voice), Liliana Luongo (clarinet), Michaela Allen (piano), Lisa Lukavsky (double bass), Tom Wright (trombone). They will compete for the title West Suffolk Young Musician 2015 in the Finalists’ Concert at The Apex on July 6.

There was great support for the new offshoot, West Suffolk Young Jazz Musician. Winners Michael Sharpe (guitar), George Mooney (alto sax), Oliver Raymond (piano), Flo Redmonds (alto sax) and Jamie Robertson (piano) will compete for the 2015 title. The final on July 17 is jointly promoted with the Headhunters Jazz at The Hunter Club and gives them the chance to play with the Chris Ingham Trio.