YOUNG musicians from across Teesdale are being offered the opportunity to showcase their talents in a prestigious music competition.

Every year, across the UK, Rotary’s Young Musician competition attracts entries from many hundreds of young vocalists and instrumentalists.

It is an opportunity for participants to experience performing on a public stage and receive feedback from experienced judges, plus it offers a great chance for future collaboration with fellow musicians.

Last year, because of restrictions imposed by the pandemic, all entries to the Barnard Castle heat of the competition were video performances recorded and performed live.

This year, however, organisers have announced they are reverting to live performances and the event will be held at TCR HUB, on the edge of Barnard Castle.

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Entries are sought from young musicians from eight to 17-years-old.

There are two categories – solo vocal and solo instrumental – with no set pieces. Music from any genre is welcomed.

Thanks to support from Addisons, Chartered Surveyors, no entry fee is payable and cash prizes and certificates will be awarded in all categories.

A spokesperson said: “Music is the universal language to which we all can relate and, over the years, participation in this event has been enjoyed and appreciated by many young people across Teesdale.

“This event aims to encourage development of musical talent by offering competitors the opportunity to showcase their musical ability and receive impartial feedback of their performance from a professional adjudicator.

Christine Watkinson, one of the event organisers, added: “Young musicians in Teesdale should not miss out on this opportunity to showcase their talents in our prestigious music competition.

“The depth of musical talent in our community is amazing with the wonderful skills of our young people enthralling all who hear them sing or play.”

Email with expressions of interest and to receive an entry form and fuller details.

Completed forms should be submitted by Friday, November 19.


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