The Mayor of Boroughbridge, Coun Liz Vose, recounts her week.
This week found David and I at the 2012 Knaresborough Rotary Club’s Young Musicians Festival which was held on Saturday evening at King James’s School in Knaresborough.
This was the ninth year of the Knaresborough Rotary Club’s Young Musicians Festival with participants from Knaresborough, Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge and surrounding villages. The aim is to encourage the musical talents of young people up to the age of 18 years.
There were four different age groups: up to school Year 6, Years 7 to 9, Years 10 and 11 and Years 12 and 13. In each age group, there were six different categories: keyboard/piano, brass, woodwind, string, percussion and voice.
The winners from each age group then go forward to the district finals after which they may be selected to go on to the regional final and maybe even the national final next year – we wish all Saturday’s winners good luck.
Along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Knaresborough we were invited along to the evening concert and to help present the prizes to the winners. It was my privilege and pleasure to present the cup to the winner of the school Years 7 to 9 to Ben Messenger, from Boroughbridge High School.
We were treated to performances from some superbly talented and dedicated young musicians. The concert featured performances from the winning musicians supported by choirs, orchestras and bands from local schools including Boroughbridge Primary Schools Joint Orchestra, whose members are drawn from primary schools in the Boroughbridge area.
This orchestra is the brainchild of one lady who saw there was a need to create an opportunity for primary school children not only to learn a musical instrument but also to play together with their peers, something which cannot always be achieved within the individual schools as they are often too small.
The concert also included contributions from Boroughbridge High School choir and Borougbridge High School jazz band who provided a rousing and foot-tapping finale to a wonderful evening’s entertainment.
All the young musicians who took part showed a tremendous level of dedication and commitment and were a credit to their families, schools and teachers.
My final engagement of the week was on Sunday when David and I joined the Mayor of Ripon and other civic representatives at the Oak Leaf Service in Ripon Cathedral. This is a short but moving service for the friends and relatives of those killed on North Yorkshire’s roads over the past year. The service was also attended by members of the emergency services and road safety groups. I do feel that, as Mayor and therefore a representative of the community, it is important to participate in these events to show the support of the community, not only for those who have lost loved ones but also to show support for the emergency services who do vital work in such harrowing circumstances.