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Talented young musicians at Duke of York's Royal Military School have been competing for a coveted annual award

Posted by Julian Owen | April 26, 2018 | School life

Youthful 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 the Year award. 

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

Tisean Crichlow, who sang Stay / Love on the Brain by Rihanna, was named overall Musician of the Year and winner of the Intermediate category. Senior winner was Glory Bakyayita singing My Way by Paul Anka, and the Junior category produced joint winners: William Diallo, who sang Perfect by Ed Sheeran, and Seun Arowolo, on violin, playing New Rondo. 

The competition featured a range of musical styles and included performances on saxophone, piano, clarinet flute, guitar violin and voice. The Duke of York’s Royal Military School’s Steel Pan Group entertained the audience while judges deliberated at the end of the show. 

Prizes were presented by Peter Birch from the Friends of DOYRMS, who sponsored the event, and visiting judge Alexandra Caldon, an accomplished violinist and leader of CantiaQuorum, an ensemble based in Kent. 

Ms Caldon said: “It has been a pleasure to judge Musician of the Year and to listen to exceptional performances by very talented students. The competition provides an ideal opportunity for young musicians to perform in front of an audience.” 

Alex Foreman, the school’s Principal, said: “We are grateful to the Friends of DOYRMS for sponsoring this competition, as music is taught and played to a very high level at our school. This year, they are also financing an honours board in our music department naming the winners – it will serve as an inspiration to future young musicians.” 

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