Budding musical talents hit the right note at Soham Village College Young Musician of the Year awards

Soham VC Young Musician. The three winners at Key Stage 3: Dominic Wills, Young Musician of the Year

Soham VC Young Musician. The three winners at Key Stage 3: Dominic Wills, Young Musician of the Year, Rebecca Revie first recipient of the Stephen Kenna award and Zara Minns, Young Voice. - Credit: Archant

Talented musicians from around East Cambridgeshire had their musical mastery recognised as Soham Village College’s Young Musician of the Year competition returned for its 21st year.

The college rewarded the county’s finest budding musicians for their work throughout the academic year, and also remembered its former head of music and arts development director and founder of the competition, Stephen Kenna, who passed away earlier this year.

Dominic Wills scooped the night’s top award – overall young musician of the year – for his rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Minor.

The youngster was also named as instrumentalist of the year for his skill on the piano, while voice of the year went to Jake Stearne.

Lauren Peck from Burwell Village College took first place in key stage two, with Holly Dack (the Lantern School) and Genevieve Dean (St. Mary’s Primary) finishing in second and third respectively.

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A brand new award was also introduced – the Stephen Kenna Award for Commitment and Dedication to Music – which was won by Rebecca Revie for her skill and prowess on the flute.

Gemma Perry, head of music at Soham Village College, praised the talents of all those involved. She said: “This was once again an exceptional night of musicianship and we were so proud of all of the students.

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“We had an eclectic mix of solos ranging from rock drums to Rachmaninoff and all performed with true style and passion. A wonderful evening was had by all.”

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