Young musicians concert in Sharow

Competitors at a previous year's event with the Mayor and Mayoress of Ripon, Coun Mick and Gill Stanley. (Picture - Adrian Murray)
Competitors at a previous year's event with the Mayor and Mayoress of Ripon, Coun Mick and Gill Stanley. (Picture - Adrian Murray)

The Ripon Young Musicians of the Year 2015 competition will be launched with a concert by some of the best performers in previous contests at St John’s Church in Sharow, near Ripon, next month.

The concert, taking place on Saturday, May 9, at 7.30pm, has been organised to allow some of the area’s top young musicians to show their skills and to highlight the 2015 Ripon Young Musicians of the Year competition, which takes place in November.

David Winpenny, who founded Ripon Young Musicians of the Year in 2001, said: “This is the first time we have held a spring concert and we see it as an ideal opportunity for a wider audience to hear the quality of music making that our young people offer – from beginners to advanced performers.”

Entry to the concert is adults £5, 18-and-under free.

Advance tickets are available from The Little Ripon Bookshop on Westgate and Alan’s Gallery on Kirkgate in the city.

– The 2015 Ripon Young Musicians of the Year will take place at Holy Trinity Church in Ripon on Friday and Saturday, November 20-21.

It aims to encourage the musical talent of young people who live, or are at school or have private music lessons within 15 miles of the centre of Ripon.

This year’s adjudicator will be Dr George Kennaway, Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds School of Music and formerly co-principal cello of the Orchestra of Opera North.

Entry details will be available at the Sharow concert.