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Staffordshire music makers are given a few new notes

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

By Kerry Ashdown

Classical Music

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SEVEN of Staffordshire’s best young musicians have picked up awards at a Stafford event where they demonstrated their tuneful talents.

The celebration event was held at the Performing Arts Centre in Eastgate Street and hosted by The Friends of Staffordshire’s Young Musicians (FOSYM) who were making their annual Lavey Fund and Moran Fund awards. The winners performed in front of the High Sheriff, Sarah Elsom, and a specially invited audience.

The Moran Fund Awards are given to youngsters working towards or who have already gained top marks in Grade 8 exams.

This year’s winners were cellists, Julie Winch, from Tamworth and Oliver Timmins from Lichfield, and Christopher Allen, a singer from Cannock.

The Lavey Fund awards are given to young musicians who also make exemplary contributions to Staffordshire Performing Arts music centres and school ensembles.

This year the winners were Francesca Lawton, a clarinettist from Blythe Bridge High School, Chris Hilton from Fair Oak Academy, Rugeley, a talented guitarist and all-round musician, Adam Hamer, a violinist from Sir Graham Balfour High School in Stafford and to Edward Robinson, a singer from John Taylor High School, Barton under Needwood.

Andrew Worrall, chairman of the Trustees of FOSYM, said: “This has been a delightful evening of exceptional performances.

“They are all 17 or 18 years old and whether or not they are intending to pursue music as a career their hard work to master a discipline and the strength of character to work as part of a team, to encourage others and lead by example shows just what outstanding young people they are.”

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