Owen is Mintlaw’s Young Musician of the Future

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EARLIER this month, Mintlaw Academy held its Young Musician of the Future competition, organised by the academy’s headof music, Pamel Whyte, and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Central Buchan.

Adjudicator for the evening was Alistair Macdonald and the prizes were presented by Viscount Petersham of Crimonmogate.

Mrs Whyte stated that the Young Musician of the Future has been running for eight years and had been continuously sponsored by Rotary, although this was the second year of sponsorship by the newly formed Rotary Club of Central Buchan.

She thanked the parents and the tutors for their support and applauded the effort and commitment put in by the young musicians, both in their playing and to the music department as a whole.

Viscount Petersham, a founder member of Central Buchan Rotary, stated: “I am struck by the depth of talent we have witnessed here tonight.

“The Rotary Club of Central Buchan is proud to be associated with Mintlaw Academy and its music department. It is very apparent that a huge amount of effort and practice has been applied by the pupils for this competition, making this evening very enjoyable indeed.

“I sincerely hope that the young musicians continue in their musical endeavours.”

Taking the top honour this year was Owen Gillanders, with Naomi Bruce runner-up and Jennifer Conlan in third place.