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Rotary Young Musician of the Year

THIS year’s competition celebrated its 25th year with an array of musical talent from pupils from Ysgol Penybryn, Ysgol Dyffryn Dulas and Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn.

Across the three categories, which included novice, foundation and higher, were 12 competitors, each entertaining the audience with skill, ability and their musical development.

Ysgol Tywyn headteacher Helen Lewis opened the evening’s events by welcoming the competitors, certain that they would enjoy their experience of being on stage.

She also welcomed the audience to the school, and was certain that they would enjoy being in the presence of the pupils who would be performing.

Mrs Lewis thanked the Rotary Club of Tywyn and its president, Nancy Clarke. She was grateful for their ongoing support towards the development of the young people and continuous generous support towards the event.

Mair Jones said she was pleased to have been invited to adjudicate for the evening, but that it had been a very tough decision.

She praised all the competitors for the standard of their performances and added that there were incredibly talented young people competing on the night.

The novice category winner was Anaé Angood, who played The Journey of Life on the guitar. Mrs Jones said she displayed various skills, rhythms and different styles in playing the guitar.

Max Andrews, who played Toccatta and Zur Sonnenuntergangsstunde on the piano, was the foundation category winner. His two pieces were a complete contrast to one another; one quiet and the other dramatic, but both played confidently and technically correct, according to Mrs Jones.

The higher category winner was Heledd Owen, who played River Flows in You. Heledd played smoothly and Mrs Jones felt as though she could actually hear the sound of the stream making its way through a meadow.

Concluding the evening, Mrs Lewis expressed her gratitude towards Rhian Pughe for helping, encouraging and supporting the pupils along their journey and for organising such a wonderful event, and she hoped the audience had been inspired by the talent.

She was also grateful to Year 8 pupil Ffion Lewis, a member of the school’s award-winning young reporters’ club, for capturing the performers on camera on the night.

Pictured: Competition winners Heledd Owen, Anaé Angood and Max Andrews with headteacher Helen


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