From Handel to Hendrix in enthralling concert

Young musicians on stage at The Muni with VIP guests.  Picture: Sofi Wild
Young musicians on stage at The Muni with VIP guests. Picture: Sofi Wild

The cream of young musicians enthralled an audience at The Muni, Colne, in a concert that ranged from Handel to Jimi Hendrix.

Ten musicians aged 17 to 21 – ranging from classical instrumentalists to rock guitarists and singers of all styles – took to the stage in the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary scheme’s public showcase event, in their bid for a share of the £16,000 bursary to help them in their career ambitions. The bursary scheme is held every two years, and this year the catchment area was extended to 25 miles of the Muni.

The audience of nearly 100 included Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, the Mayors of Pendle and Ribble Valley, and Bob Riley, chief executive of the Manchester Camerata orchestra, who provide support and advice.

“It was a fantastic concert,” said bursary administrator Susan Eames.

“The standard of musicianship was higher than ever, and I think everyone who was there will agree that the judges will have a very difficult job choosing the finalists.”

Five of the performers at the concert were from the Burnley and Pendle area: electric guitarist Andrew Danson (16), from Fence; multi-instrumentalist Ross Munro (18), from Trawden; singer Charlotte Waters (18), from Colne; singer Megan Ingham (21), from Burnley; and woodwind player Eleanor Tomlinson (17), from Padiham.

The others were: singer Grace O’Malley (17), from Rawtenstall; singer Rachel Brierley (19) from Rochdale, pianist Henry Cash (16) from Huddersfield, violinist Max Salata-Burnett (18), from Fallowfield, and double bass player Misha Tyshkul (18), from Prestwich.

An 11th contender – trumpeter Luke Dempsey (21), from Bacup – was fulfilling an engagement in Oslo, and his contribution was played on a CD.

The selection process will continue with interviews and a closed round adjudicated by a panel of music experts on July 2nd at the ACE centre, Nelson, and the final is at The Muni on October 9th.

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Young musicians on stage at The Muni with VIP guests. Photo: Sofi Wild