Rushden Rotary Club busy with music and quiz contests

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It ahs been busy couple of weeks for the Rushden Rotary Club.

On March 15, it organised the Junior School’s Quiz and the following week it was the
Young Musicians’ Competition which was held in The Ferrers School Hall.

As part of Rotary commitment to the community and the youth of today the club
organised a very successful Schools Quiz at Rushden Academy with six Junior and
Primary Schools taking part.

The schools were Whitefriars Primary, Southend Junior, (pictured), Alfred Street, Henry
Chichele, Denfield Park and Newton Road and with teachers, helpers and parents in
the audience.

It was Whitefriars which was runaway winners of the Harry Cockburn Cup with Southend Junior coming second.

Although some of the questions were perhaps a little out of the grasp of some of
the adults, let alone the pupils, a great deal of fun, (and perhaps knowledge), was
spread across the evening.

The following week came a very successful Young Musicians’ Competition which,
again, attracted a full audience of parents whose appreciation of the talents of
the young competitors was obvious in the applause that emanated from them.

The Junior School Choir Competition attracted entrants from the Southend,
Alfred Street, Henry Chichele schools plus four pupils from Southend called the
Southend Singers.

In the older soloists competition there were young pianists, guitar players,
drummers and a vocal soloist.

The standard of these players was superb with the drummers perhaps taking pride of place for enthusiasm and keeping the audience on their metal for foot tapping.

The soloist competitors were drawn mainly from The Ferrers School but included
a piano solo from 11-year-old Lowri and a talented guitar piece from a similar
aged Oliver.

The pieces of music enjoyed by the audience ranged from Southend’s rendering
of Stronger Together by Gareth Malone for which it gained the first spot for
Choirs, and a piece by John Rutter by Alfred Street who came second.

There was a special mention for 16-year-old Buddy for his very lively piano solo of Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder.

The winner of the overall competition, who was awarded The Pauline Longland
Trophy, presented to her by the Longland Family, was 15-year-old Alexandra for
her expert rendering of her guitar solo Memories of Summer by Gary Ryan.

Second place went to Cassie for her vocal solo from Journey to the Past from
Anastasia.

The adjudicator was a retired music professional, Nigel Simeone, a broadcaster,
writer and conductor, who commented: “It was a terrific evening, we were
splendidly entertained by all the students. Picking ‘winners’ was not at all easy,
but the ones who did get prizes were all very worthy recipients.”

Another comment from Lucy Taylor Head of Music at Alfred Street was: “What a
fantastic evening.

“The biggest of thanks go to all the organisers for pulling it all off so brilliantly.

“The kids in the choir sections all did themselves proud, and I have to say that the solo/band section of the evening really was phenomenal. The calibre of talent was extraordinary.”

The competition was sponsored by The Elizabeth Groome Music Charity which provides grants for budding musicians to help further their musical studies.

Chris Gammon, Head of Music at The Ferrers School deserves, total praise for the part
he played in the evening with his enthusiasm for the musical ability.