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Friday, 30 November 2012

The Moors are alive to the sound of music for national park's 60th birthday

The hills — or rather the moors — were alive to the sound of music as young people performed in a musical composition competition to mark the North York Moors National Park’s 60th birthday.


Knocked them for sax: Richard Bracknall with his saxophone in front of
 Roseberry Topping.  Photo by Mark Pinder, of Guzelian.

The national park team asked the budding composers and authors to create pieces of work inspired by its landscape.

More than 40 students, parents and teachers watched young Guisborough composer Richard Bracknall win first prize at the Danby centre with his piece A Moors Fanfare for a brass ensemble. His hard work earned a £1,400 Yamaha digital piano for his school, Prior Pursglove College. The seventeen-year old also took home a wooden metronome and £60 music gift voucher.

Seven schools in and around the national park entered students into the composition competition.

Runners-up in the competition were Alex Richards, 14, of Ryedale School, who wrote Rolling Slopes of Green for synth strings and E guitar, and, Christopher Loader of Northallerton College, who wrote The National Park for the piano.

The competition was judged by internationally renowned York composer Andrew Carter. who described Richard's piece as an imaginative piece beyond his years.

The diamond anniversary event also presented prizes to the winners of a primary school story writing competition which attracted 14 schools and over 300 stories. The prize for the overall winner was split between Toby Welford, seven, of Fylingdales Church of England Primary, and, Toby Antcliff, ten, of Helmsley Primary School.

1 comment:

Felix Lee said...

It's always nice to let the young ones showcase their talent. So many of them are so talented beyond their years. Congratulations to all the winners! Keep making your beautiful music.