Talent shines at Young Musician competitions

Jack Reid, Jessica Morton & Brodie McCash
Jack Reid, Jessica Morton & Brodie McCash

LAST Wednesday, the Lowson Memorial Church played host to this year’s Forfar Academy Young Musician of the Year competitions.

The competitions, now in their 16th year, were closely contested, with Aiden Harvey taking first place with his guitar, Ethan Glennie in second place on the drums and Samuel Hill achieving third place with the flugel horn after they battled it out for the junior competition prize of the Ebern Cup, gifted through donations by Forfar Academy’s partner school in Germany.

Brodie McCash took the first place in the senior title on the marimba and timpani, Jessica Morton (voice) came second and Jack Reid took third place on bass guitar.

All three were challenging for the William Bernard Trophy which was presented by the congregation of the East and Old Parish Church in recognition of the late Willie Bernard’s 60 plus years of service to the church and community of Forfar.

Both competitions were adjudicated by Mrs Deborah Coull from Arbroath Academy and a former member of staff of Forfar Academy, with the semi-final having been judged by Mrs Jacqui Peal of Montrose Academy.

In order to allow Mrs Coull to deliberate on the winners, there was a short concert, which included items from the percussion ensemble, recorder group, five of Forfar Academy’s choirs as well as soloists who performed a wide variety of music styles with something on offer to suit every palette.

At the end of the competitions there was a retiring collection to support the work of the Scottish MND Association.

MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity dedicated to people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), their families, friends and carers.

The charity provides a wide range of services, information about MND and also funding for research into the disease.