Young people in fine tune at Mossgrove Festival

Grainne White (violin), Leah Forsythe (flugelhorn), Elizabeth McCauley (lute), Anna-Maria O'Donnell (cello) and Caolin Olphert (cello). INNT 06-523-SO
Grainne White (violin), Leah Forsythe (flugelhorn), Elizabeth McCauley (lute), Anna-Maria O'Donnell (cello) and Caolin Olphert (cello). INNT 06-523-SO

There was plenty of musical talent on display at this year’s Mossgrove Youth Musical Festival.

The 2016 festival concluded with a gala night at The Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl on Friday, February 12.

Pitch perfect: Prize winners at the Mossgrove Youth Musical Festival. INNT 06-524-SO

Pitch perfect: Prize winners at the Mossgrove Youth Musical Festival. INNT 06-524-SO

The adjudicator, Dr Jonathan Drennan from Ballyclare, had the very difficult job of trying to rank the more than 220 young competitors over four days of competition.

At the gala night, the winners of each of the five main sections were presented with trophies and cheques for £50.

Winner of the Junior Vocal Championship and the Glover Shield was Jack McMaster, while the John Conway Memorial Cup for the Piano Championship was won by Kaiwen Liu. The Choral Champions were Greenisland Primary School, and the Bel Canto Trophy for Senior Vocal Championship was won by Erin Kennedy.

The winner of the overall Instrumental Championship, and recipient of the Tutti L’Instrumente Cup, was Leah Forsythe. The Praemium Excellentia Award – the overall best performance of the festival - was won by Aimee Neill for her portrayal of Adelaide’s Lament from Guys and Dolls. The Whiteabbey Cup for the most promising 15 year old or younger was Anna-Maria O’Donnell (cello).

Other classes and trophy winners were as follows:

VOCAL CLASSES

Girls and boys vocal solo under 11

1st Jack McMaster 92 2nd Sophie McLean 91 3rd Ellie Hanlon 90

Girls vocal solo 11 & 12 years

1st Emily Darling 88 2nd Emilia Jenkins 3rd Sarah McBride 86

Girls vocal solo 13 and 14 years

1st Rebekah Spence 89 2nd Hannah-Rose Glover 3rd Sophie Longstaff

Girls vocal solo 15 and 16 years

1st Imogen Forbes 87 2nd Kirsten Matthews 85 3rd Mollie McClure 84

Girls vocal solo 17 and 18 years

1st Erin Kennedy 87 2nd Saskia Craig 86

Girls vocal solo 19 and 20 years

1st Sophie Craig 86

Junior Folk song

1st Daniel Kerr 84 2nd Hannah Rose Glover 83

Interpretation vocal solo 17 and under 25 years

1st Erin Kennedy 90

Song from a musical show under 15

1st Sophie Longstaff 92 2nd Emma Carson 91

Song from a musical show under 20

1st Aimee Neill 95 2nd Amelia Rose & Daniel Kerr 89 3rd Kirsten Matthews & Evanna Maxted 88

Boys vocal solo under 12

1st Jack McMaster 93

Boys solo open

1st Jack McMaster 90

Sacred vocal solo under 17

1st Daniel Kerr

Novice vocal solo under 15 – 20 years

1st Amy Patterson 2nd Amy Darragh 87

Oratorio vocal solo 17 to 25 years

1st Sophie Craig 86

Vocal duet under 17

1st Harriet Bedi and Kirsten Matthews 87 2nd Amelia Rose and Rachael McCormack 86

3rd Imogen Forbes and Lucy Caldwell 85

PIANO CLASSES

Piano solo under 8

1st Ronan Hamilton 85

Piano solo 8 years

1st Connie Holmes 85

Piano solo 9 and 10 years

1st Oscar Lin 94 2nd Jackie Lin 92 3rd Jane Edge & Timothy Grant 90

Piano solo 11 and 12 years

1st Shraddha Meti

Piano solo 13 and 14 years

1st Kaiwen Liu 90

Piano solo under 17 years

1st Kaiwen Liu 89

Piano duet under 10 years

1st Grace McMurray & Jane Martin 87

Piano duet 10 and 11 years

1st Mia and Anna Bryson 86

Piano Duet 12 to 14 years

1st Eva Bannon-Mutlu and Alekya Gunna 84

Piano duet under 20 years

Maeve McDermott and Laoise Cavanagh 84

INSTRUMENTAL CLASSES

String solo primary schools

1st Alex Walsh 90 2nd Sarah Fiddis 89 3rd Patrick Gardiner 88

Brass solo primary schools

1st Jackie Lin 87 2nd Chloe Turtle 86 3rd Oscar Lin 85

String solo 11 to 13 years

1st Caolin Olphert 86

String Solo 14 and 15 years

1st Anna-Maria O’Donnell 92

Brass instrument solo 11 to 15 years

1st Daniel Sharpe 89

Woodwind solo 11 to 15 years

1st Elizabeth McCauley 2nd Olivia McCartney

Stringed instrument solo under 20

1st Grainne White 89

Open woodwind solo under 20 years

1st Lewis Hanlon 2nd Holly Hewitt 89

Open Brass solo under 20

1st Leah Forsythe 95

String Ensemble Primary Schools

1st Greenisland Primary 89

Instrumental ensemble secondary schools

1st Carrickfergus Grammar School 88

Boys, girls or mixed choirs under 15 years

1 Glastry College 84

Boys, girls or mixed choirs under 20

1 Glastry College 86

Ensemble for special schools

1st Jordanstown Schools 90 2nd Hill Croft School 89

Solo and chorus under 12 years

1st Mossgrove Primary 95

Boys. Girls or mixed choirs under 12

1st Greenisland Primary 90

Hymn singing for boys, girls or mixed choirs under 12

1st Mossgrove Primary 86