Calling all young musicians!

Launching Ripon Young Musicians 2102 are violinists Matilda Snowdon (10) and Xavier Atkinson (8) and their teacher Robbie Morgan (front) with l to r behind) Karen Ounsley, President of the Inner Wheel of Ripon Rowels, Simon McCudden from the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels and Chris Tunnard of Ripon Rotary Club (S)
Launching Ripon Young Musicians 2102 are violinists Matilda Snowdon (10) and Xavier Atkinson (8) and their teacher Robbie Morgan (front) with l to r behind) Karen Ounsley, President of the Inner Wheel of Ripon Rowels, Simon McCudden from the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels and Chris Tunnard of Ripon Rotary Club (S)
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The search for the Ripon Young Musicians of the Year 2012 is now underway, and all young players and singers are encouraged to take part in what is as “a celebration of all young musicians in the area”.

Ripon Young Musicians of the Year aims to encourage the musical talent of young people who live, are at school or have private music lessons within 15 miles of the centre of Ripon. The 2012 competition takes place on the evening of Friday, October 19 and throughout Saturday, October 20 at Holy Trinity Church in Ripon.

There are seven classes that offer an opportunity for players and singers at any level, from beginners to highly accomplished musicians, to perform to an appreciative audience. The classes include a popular Two Skills class, where competitors can show their abilities on two instruments, or on instrument and voice, and an Ensemble class of groups of from two to ten musicians. Competition winners will receive cash prizes, as well as cups and medals. They will also take part in a concert in the evening of the competition. Two winners will be also be chosen to compete in the national Rotary Young Musician competition.

The adjudicator for the 2012 event is Ralph Allwood, formerly Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College and now a celebrated freelance musician, especially noted for his work with choirs. He is a choral advisor for Novello and Co, for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and for the Voices Foundation. He founded and continues to direct the Eton Choral Courses for young people and the award-winning Rodolfus Choir. He is also a judge for the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and has adjudicated at many prestigious competitions.

This year’s Ripon Young Musicians of the Year is being organised by Ripon Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels and the Inner Wheel of Ripon Rowels, with help from founders and organisers David and Sheila Winpenny. Leaflets and entry forms for Ripon Young Musicians of the Year 2012 are available at Ripon Library, Ripon Leisure Centre and at other outlets in and around the city. They will also be sent to schools and private music teachers, and full information and entry forms are available on the website at www.rymy.co.uk.

Organiser David Winpenny said:Over the last decade Ripon Young Musicians has established itself as an important part of the life of the city and of the talented young people of the area. We are delighted that the two Rotary Clubs and the Inner Wheel of Ripon Rowels have taken up the baton to take the competition into the future. We are all looking forward to welcoming lots of talented young people to take part in RYMY 2012 as we celebrate music-making in the area.’