Last week one of the more important musical events took place in Bury at County Upper School – the competition for West Suffolk Young Musician. Categories were for jazz, jazz singing, woodwind and strings.
I chose to sit in and watch the string category. The age group ranged from around 10 to 13, in a group that consisted of five violinists, two cellists and a bass player.
The competitors played music ranging from Scott Joplin through Mozart to traditional Greek music.
What an eye opener it was, a young lad playing a ragtime piece on a blue violin, a cellist playing a cello bigger than himself and how does an 11-year-old choose a string bass to play from all the other easier instruments there are available. Wonderful.
Paul Warburton, the adjudicator, must have had a tricky job in deciding the winner of the two categories of strings.
The younger group was won by violinist Alexander Whiting and I accept I will lose brownie points for not recording what he played, but well done Alexander.
The older category was very close. There were two cellists and two violinists. Although not an expert, I thought they were all winners but Paul came down on the side of Laura Wilkes, a violinist who played a saraband. Well done Laura.
Which brings me to an appeal. West Suffolk Young Musician need funds to enable them to keep the competition going and are appealing for new members.
A minimum donation of just £5 buys membership for one year.
What does a donation purchase? Continuity of an event that gives children the chance of competing, especially those who prefer non-sporting competition; priority booking to events and online updates. A bargain.
Visit www.wsym.org.uk – online account 65373387 sort code 08-92-99.
Please write ‘membership’ in the appropriate field
Well done to Lucia Cabrera, Edward Crooke, Alex Knock, Francesca Akehurst, Isaac Campbell, Sasha Campbell and Laura Pickersgill. You were all brilliant. BK
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
SLACK FOLK: Piatto Cafe, Colchester. 2–4.30pm. Free. Sheri Kershaw Band, James Eastwood, Rory Gilbert, Grasshopper, Dave Rado and Phillip Calthorpe.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15
THE DOVE: Bury. 8pm. Singaround.
SOHAM FOLK CLUB: The Fountain 8–10.30pm.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
CIRCLE DANCING: URC, Whiting Street, Bury, 7.30–9pm £6 on door. Contact Jen Larner 01284 705548 – firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
WILDWOOD RESTAURANT: Newmarket. Wordz and muzic. 7.30pm. Free. Poems, prose, song and acoustic.
ELY FOLK CLUB: The Old Dispensary. 8– 11pm, Keith Donnelly.THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
OAKES BARN: At Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds. 8pm Free Steves Blues Night. Real ale.
BURWELL FOLK CLUB: Burwell Ex-Servicemen and Social Club. 8.30pm – 11pm.