Youngsters show off their musical talents

Youngsters who took part in the competition with Rotary Club members
Youngsters who took part in the competition with Rotary Club members

Talented young musicians from the local area showcased their skills at the inaugural Rotary Club of Pocklington and Market Weighton Young Musician of the Year competition.

Held at Pocklington School last Friday, the event featured 10 performances from youngsters aged 11 to 18.

There were three winners on the evening - Harry Kneeshaw, 13, from Leconfield, came first in the school years 7 to 9 category for his performance with the violin. The runner-up in this section was singer Emma Burke, 13, from Ruston Parva.

Martha Cullen, 14, from Pocklington, played the tenor saxophone and won the school years 10 to 11 group.

Tom Baarda, 14, from Fridaythorpe played the trumpet and finished second in this group.

Meanwhile, Anna Baines, 18, from Pocklington won the school years 12 to 13 category after playing the flute.

Each winner received a cash prize of £30 and a trophy and will go forward to the Rotary District Final, to be held at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Saturday 8 March.

As the standard of music played throughout the evening was so high all the other entrants received ‘Highly Commended’ certificates.

Keith Somerscale, from Pocklington and Market Weighton Rotary Club, said: “The standard of music in all performances was of the highest standard and the adjudicators agreed that any of the competitors would have been worthy entrants to the next stage of the competition.”

See this Thursday’s new-style Pocklington Post (30 January) for more pictures.