Talented vocalists from Heathfield School, Ascot, are to compete at this year’s regional heat of the RIBI Young Musician of the Year Competition to be hosted in St Mary’s Theatre on 25th January.
Fifteen-year-old Tansy Adam and 16-year-old Sophia Adderley will be up against three other vocalists, an oboist, a saxophonist, a clarinettist, a violinist and two drummers, all from the surrounding area.
Tansy Adam – who will be taking her grade 8 this year and is also a flautist – will be singing Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, Ill Wind by Flanders and Swann and also By Strauss by Gershwin. Sophia Adderley – who only started singing lessons in September 2017 and will be taking her grade 7 this term – will be singing Laudate Dominum by Mozart, Le Violette by Scarlatti and Popular by Stephen Schwartz. Sophia is also a violinist.
Last year, Heathfield student Phoebe Parker won the regional heat, went on to perform at the district heat in Reading and secured a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Runner up Charlotte Meeson also qualified and is currently continuing her studies at Heathfield sixth form.
Commenting on the competition, Julie Dance, Director of Music at Heathfield School, Ascot, said: “The annual Rotary Young Musician Competition offers young people across Great Britain and Ireland a great opportunity to develop their musical talent and their personal confidence. Students and music teachers alike can also learn and benefit from the feedback given by the competition’s adjudicators. These initial events provide young musicians under the age of 18 with the opportunity to display their talents and for most this is their first experience of performing competitively in front of an audience. In 2017, 750-800 Rotary Clubs participated giving some 8,000 young musicians this experience.”
From these local events, singers and instrumentalists will be selected to go forward to the next stages organised at Rotary area level and district level; and from each district competition two singers and two instrumentalists will compete at regional events. Regional winners will be invited to the grand final, which is to be held in May 2018 in Edinburgh, organised by the Rotary Club of Currie Balerno.