Brackley Rotary is looking for talented young musicians

Brackley Rotary will be hosting a local round of the Young Musician's contest
Brackley Rotary will be hosting a local round of the Young Musician's contest
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The best young musical talent Brackley has to offer will be performing on November 23 – but those wanting to take part only have until Monday, October 14 to enter.

Brackley Rotary Club is calling for anyone between the ages of 10 and 17, who are students at Magdalen College School or Chenderit School, or who attend feeder schools, to enter the Brackley round of Rotary’s national Young Musician Competition.

There will be three age groups for the competition and a section for ensembles.

The event is dedicated to the memory of Marcus Coleman, former headteacher of Brackley Junior School, founder of the Brackley Music School and Brackley Rotarian.

The competition will be held at Waynflete Hall, at Magdalen College School, in Brackley, from 2pm.

Event organiser David Fuller said: “This is an opportunity for young musicians to gain experience performing in public and to showcase their vocal or instrumental skills, modern or classical.”

He added this marked a return for the event following a six year break.

He said: “We brought it back simply because it seemed there was an interest for local students and teachers.

“We thought ‘Let’s run the competition again.’ It gives the students something to aim for.”

He added some teachers had already expressed an interest in taking part in this year’s competition and they were waiting for the entries to come in.

Any young person who can sing or play an instrument and who matches the criteria can enter for a chance to eventually go through to the national competition.

Following the competition the club will submit one entry for each category to the district competition or, if there are only a small number of candidates, an adjudicator may individually audition each entrant.

The winner of the Brackley round will be up against winners from other parts of the county and parts of Lincolnshire.

The categories are solo instrumental; solo vocal; instrumental or vocal ensembles (an ensemble is two to five players); musical groups or choirs (groups and choirs are six or more).

In previous competitions, instruments played have included the vibraphone, euphonium, tenor horn, trumpet, glockenspiels, harp, oboe and soprano saxophone.

Mr Fuller said they were expecting the standard of entries to be high and the musicians to range from beginners up to music grade eight.

“I’m sure we will get some very good musicians in there,” he said.

If this year’s competition is successful, it is hoped it will become an annual event.

An entry form and rules are available on the Brackley Rotary website, which can be found at