This has been an extremely musical week at George Watson's with the Music School Auditorium hosting two splendid evenings of musical competition. On Monday it was the instrumentalists competing for the title Young Musician of the Year, and on Thursday it was the turn of the singers in the annual Singing Competition.
The competition for instrumentalists, divided into three age ranges, with Havilland Willshire, Head of Junior Academy at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama judging. Throughout the evening he praised the technical and communication skills of the young players and gave excellent feedback on their performances.
Violinist, Ruairidh Holwill, won the Junior School competition. The Viktor Pechar Cup for the Middle School was awarded to Olivia McKnight for her stunning performance of Chaminade’s Flute Concertino. Finally, it was the turn of the Senior School pupils, with the prize being awarded to Jamie Dolan for his extraordinarily virtuosic performance of Toledo by James Moody.
This year, Linda Ormiston, a well-known Glasgow-based opera singer, adjudicated the Singing Competition. She too praised the skills of our young singers, offered constructive advice, and was clearly impressed by their excellent preparation and ability to communicate a song to the audience.
The prizes for singers in S1-S3 were awarded to Santi Trainor-Moss and Rachel Donald. The Moonie Memorial Singing Prize and Cup for boys in S4-S6 was awarded to Jamie Taylor, who sang an aria by Gluck, followed by Something's Coming from West Side Story. The Melrose Singing Prize and the Begg Trophy for girls in S4-S6 was awarded to Lucy Anderson who sang a Mozart aria and Bill from Jerome Kern’s Showboat.