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Talented young musicians compete for coveted annual award

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Talented young musicians entertained an audience of students, staff, parents and governors at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School while competing for the annual Musician of theYear coveted award.

Displaying a wide range of vocal and instrumental skills, students also competed in Senior, Intermediate and Junior categories
in a closely-fought contest recently staged at the school’s Nye Hall Performing Arts Centre, Dover.

Glory Bakyayita, who sang It’s a Man’s Man’s World by James Brown, was named overall Musician of the Year and winner of the Senior

Vocalist category. Senior Instrumentalist winner was Annabelle Higgs on clarinet playing In Rhythm, Templeton, and the Junior category winner was Georgina Trimby singing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

The competition featured a range of musical styles and included performances on saxophone, piano, clarinet, flute, guitar, and voice. The school’s Year 8 Scholars Band entertained the audience with Believe & Feel it Still while judges deliberated.

Prizes were donated by sponsors The Friends of DOYRMS; they have also provided a new honours board for the Music Department on which the two senior winning names will be added.
Visiting judge was Lucy Simes who previously taught at the School for eight years; she is now Head of Music at Dover Boys Grammar School. Lucy is a pianist and flautist who studied music at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Alex Foreman, the school’s Principal, said: “Music is taught and played at a very high level at our school, and this competition is keenly contested, so well done to all the winners. We are also grateful to The Friends of DOYRMS for their sponsorship and financing of the new honours board.”

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