Talent shines through at music competition


THE Gateway Academy School in Grays hosted the Rotary ‘Young Musician’ competition last Saturday. 25 students entered the event which was organised be the Thurrock Music Services, the Gateway Academy and the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock.

Ewan Ward

The National Young Musician Competition is an established competition promoted by Rotary International in the UK. However it was the first time for a few years that the competition has been held in Thurrock.



Grace Rose


There are four stages to the competition and this was the first. The next stage is an all Essex event.


The competition is designed to support and encourage the development of musical talent. The competition was open to all levels, grades and styles of young instrumentalists and vocalists.

Nicholas Wilkinson from the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock said: “I was amazed at the high standard of all the students.

“From the beginners to the advanced class you could see that the students had practiced for the event which made it enjoyable to listen to. We are already talking about next year so we are looking forward to meeting many of the students again in the future”.

Martha Rose

The winners were Neda Birkus for Instrumental, Martha Rose for Vocal, Grace Rose for Vocal and Ewan Ward for Instrumental. The beginner’s class was first and Neda Bickus played Bransle De La Torche on the piano and was announced as the winner of the instrumental section and Martha Rose singing a Million Dreams was the winner of the vocalist section.

The competition then moved to the Intermediate Class. Arinne Olusanya playing The Holy Boy on the Violin won the instrumental section with Grace Rose singing Titanium winning the vocal section.

The judges said this class had been the hardest class to mark but announced Ewan Ward playing No 76 from 80 graded studies for clarinet as the winner.

Neda Birkus

The aim of the competition was to offer young people an experience of performing on a public stage, to showcase their musical talent and have feedback and assessment by experienced adjudicators.

The competition was open to all schools and college communities, Scout Groups, Girl Guides and other recognised youth organisations. The instruments played during the competition included the piano, violin and drums. If you would like to know more about this event or any other activity the Rotary club runs please visit www.graysthurrockrotary.org.uk


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