Meldrum Rotary Young Musician of the Year

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A TALENTED clarinetist took top honours at Meldrum Academy on Monday as the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum held its annual ‘Young Musician of the Year’ contest.

16 year old Emily Low won after impressing judges with her performance, which incorporated a jazz piece as well as a classical piece. She will go on to represent the Club at a regional heat next year in Perth.

The winner of the Perth heat will to go on to represent the North of Scotland in May’s final of the UK and Ireland wide contest, which will be held in Kent.

Emily topped the field of 15 young musicians from the Oldmeldrum area, who ranged in age from Primary 4 to Secondary 5. The judging panel, which included music teacher Morag Shirran, local solicitor Gordon Hay and visiting guest judge Markus Walther from the Rotary Club of Buren in Switzerland, awarded the accolade of ‘Most Promising’ musician to 16 year old pianist Luke Searchwell, who performed a challenging prelude by Rachmaninoff.

Compere and Vice-President Richard Thomson thanked everyone who had taken part and praised the high standard of this year’s competitors.

“Each year, we are always impressed by the calibre of the young musicians who enter the contest and this year has been no exception”, he said. “Emily is a very worthy winner. She has the best wishes of all at Oldmeldrum Rotary Club and we hope that she will impress the judges in Perth in the next round as much as she impressed our judges.”