Thurrock Young Musician of the Year 2018
The winner of the Thurrock Young Musician of the Year 2018 is announced!
Young Musicians from across Thurrock assembled at the Gateway Academy in Tilbury on a cold and wet Saturday morning (1st December) to compete for the title of Thurrock Young Musician of the Year 2018. The competition had been jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Grays, the Gateway Academy and Thurrock Music Services. There were three levels for the participants to enter: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced and the organisers were looking for a winning vocalist and instrumentalist for each level. Neda Bickus of St. Thomas Canterbury school won the instrumental award in the beginner class for her performance on the piano of Bransle de la Torche by Michael Praetorius and Martha Rose won the vocal award in the beginner class for her performance of A Millions Dreans from the Greatest Showman. The winners in the Intermediate class were the violinist Arianne Olusanya (Orsett Church of England Primary) for her perfromance of Holy By by John Ireland and Grace Rose (Hathaway Academy and sister of Martha) for her performance of Titanium. In the advanced class the winner was clarinettist Ewan Ward (Ortu Standford and Corringham Sixth Form Centre) who was also crowned Thurrock Young Musician of the Year 2018. Ewan now has the opportunity to represent Thurrock at the district competition held in Chelmsford next year.
This was the first time the Young Musician competition has been held in Thurrock for several years and a new format allowed pupils from primary school age to enter. The adjudicator Digby Hunt said "I was so pleased to be at the Thurrock Young Musician of the Year. The pupils all did themselves credit with their performances, they were all well prepared and ready for the occasion".
Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to all those who won their sections.