Rotary Club and Nomad Beat celebrate musical success

This year’s Rotary Young Musician competition area final took place on 3 February at the Eastgate Theatre.

It is jointly organized by Peebles Rotary and Nomad Beat Community Music School.

This was the second round, where the winners from five local rounds competed against each other, including children from Peebles, Selkirk and Biggar.

The judges, Althea Stentiford and Colin McFarlane, commented on the high standard of music on offer in both the Instrumental and Vocal categories, and on the wide range of musical genres presented, from classical to jazz, pop and rock.

The age group of the performers ranged from 7 to 17 years old, with the youngest of them, Boulayd Harvey, receiving particular praise for the heartfelt performance of her songs.

The instrumental category was won for the second year in a row by pianist Michael Gemmell from Peebles, and second place went to accordionist Finn Hope from Biggar.

First place in the votes category went to Biggar Morven Dougal, and second place went to Amber Gilmore of Selkirk.

These children will now advance to the regional final of the competition, which will be held at Heriot-Watt University on March 12.

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