Young singer wins contest for second time

Robyn receives her award from Rotary president Walter Butterfield
Robyn receives her award from Rotary president Walter Butterfield

A young vocalist and keyboard player has won the Brackley round of Rotary’s Young Musician Competition for the second time.

Robyn Turnbull was presented with the winner’s trophy at Towcester Rock School by Brackley Rotary president Walter Butterfield.

Adjudicator Meriel Dickinson awarded the Marc Coleman Shield for the best overall performance to Robyn, the winner of the Senior Solo Vocal section, who accompanied herself on the keyboard.

Robyn is a student at Sponne School, Towcester, and attends Towcester Rock School.

She will now go forward to Rotary’s district semi-final round of the competition in March.

Another solo vocalist, Hannah Fowles, was runner-up in the event held at Waynflete Hall, Brackley, last month.

A total of 90 musicians aged up to 17 from local schools took part in 28 performances during the competition.

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

“The range and quality of talent was amazing.

“It is pleasing to see our local schools’ passion for encouraging and developing young musicians.”

The event was dedicated to the memory of former local headteacher Marc Coleman, a musician and co-founder of Brackley Music School and Brackley Rotarian.

The Rotary Club of Brackley was formed in 1973.

Its territory is Brackley and the surrounding district.