Highland’s premier musicians compete

Eight of the Highland’s most talented young musicians will gather at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness on Sunday 29 June as they complete for the title of ‘Highland Young Musician of the Year 2014’.  

The Young Musician competition is now in its eighth year and is open to all those who are currently members of Highland Young Musicians groups. The 3 competitors judged most successful on the day receive monetary awards and the overall winner will be presented with Richardson Trophy for Musical Excellence, generously gifted by Mr & Mrs H.C. Richardson.  

2014 competitors are:

  • Frances Allen           (saxophone)    Millburn Academy
  • Maciej Owczareck    (cello)              Kilchuimen Academy
  • Susannah Mack        (violin)             Dingwall Academy
  • Neavan Lobban       (saxophone)    Millburn Academy
  • Anna McDonagh       (flute)              Millburn Academy
  • Rachel Spence          (viola)             Fortrose Academy
  • Nestor Beveridge     (guitar)           Inverness High School
  • Sarah Johnson          (trumpet)        Lochaber High

The Young Musician entrants will have spent some time on the day before the competition rehearsing with the official accompanist, then one piece from each entrants programme will be presented to the guest judges during the afternoon of the competition day.  The panel will then spend some time with each competitor chatting about their musical aspirations before the judges decide who will present their complete programmes in the public final which begins at 7pm.   

Whilst the judges deliberate their prize-winners decisions at the end of the evening, last year’s winner, Molly McGregor (Fortrose Academy) will entertain the audience before receiving her winners quaich as she hands over the beautiful crystal trophy to the 2014 overall winner.   

“This competition provides an ideal opportunity for some of our most talented young musicians to compete at an extremely high level”’ said Norman Bolton, the Highland Council’s Music Development Officer.  “Entrants this year cover a wide range of ages and instrumental disciplines.  Although this is a competition, the atmosphere is positive and supportive and the determination to compete at this level is a credit to the dedication of all the entrants.”  

The competition is supported by The Highland Council; The Kingsmills Hotel and Friends of Highland Young Musicians.  The general public are invited to attend the final at 7pm.  Entry to this is by donation.  


16 Jun 2014
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