Thursday, 19 September 2019

Budding musicians and singers urged to compete

BUDDING singers and musicians are being urged to enter a new competition.

BUDDING singers and musicians are being urged to enter a new competition.

Organised by Henley Music School and the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge, the annual contest is open to youngsters who live in and around the town.

The six categories are as follows: In classical singing, school years seven to eight, grade five and above; years nine and 10, grade seven and above and years 11 to 14, grade eight and above.

In instrumental, school years seven to eight, grade five and above; years nine and 10, grade six and above and years 11 to 14, grade seven and above.

The competition will be held at the Christ Church Centre on November 27. The heats will begin at 1pm with the final at 6.30pm.



It will be judged by Huw Wiggin, saxophonist and professor at the Royal Academy, from Shiplake, Jane Salmon, from Henley, professor at the Birmingham Conserv and Schubert Ensemble, Christine Cairns, of the National Youth Choir, Mark Winn, a conductor and member of the Trinity College of Music, and radio presenter Mike Read, from Henley.

The overall winner will have the opportunity to perform a solo with the Henley Symphony Orchestra at its patrons’ evening in May.

Music school founder Laura Reineke came up with the idea for the competition after giving a presentation to a meeting of the Rotary club.

She said: “I went to one of their meetings and gave a talk and then they came up with this plan as there seemed to be no music competition at the moment locally.”

Mrs Reineke said the demand for the music school had gone “bananas” and that she had more than 250 children on her books from almost every school in Henley.

She added: “We are expecting young musicians from all local schools to take part in the competition, which aims to attract committed, young musicians.”

Stefan Gawrysiak, president of the Rotary club, said: “The competition will take place annually.

“Young people can perform with a bit of a competitive environment thrown into the occasion.”

The competition is free to enter. To take part, email Mrs Reineke at henleymusicschool@hotmail.co.uk



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