Two children have been honoured as the first ever winners of the Hadleigh and District Young Musician of the Year competition.
Over forty youngsters from the Hadleigh area ensured that the competition on Saturday was a great success.
Sponsored by the Rosa Simon Music Fund, the event, held in the Hadleigh United Reformed Church, saw young people of both primary and high school age groups demonstrating their musical skills in both singing and a range of instruments.
Organised by local music teachers, Maggie Addison and Elaine Goh, and adjudicated by renowned Sudbury-based opera singer Elaine Henson and organist Roger Green, the competition was run in a series of heats throughout the afternoon, with those nominated by the adjudicators going through to an evening concert final.
After an hour of music performed in front of an audience of family and friends, the winners were announced.
In the junior section, Thomas Simon, eight, from Hadleigh won for his rendition of ‘Where Is Love?’ from the musical Oliver!
Lydia Clifford, 15, of Newton Green scooped the senior prize for a piano arrangement of themes from the film Titanic.
Mrs Goh said: “It was wonderful to see so many young people displaying such skills on a broad range of instruments and singing.
“It was especially pleasing, therefore, to see that our initial idea for the competition has caught the popular imagination of the town and surrounding villages.”
Maggie Addison added: “We are so inspired not only by the sheer talent on display, but also by the immense courage shown in taking part and performing at all.
Paul Simon, from the Rosa Simon Music Fund spoke on behalf of the trustees of the organisation: “We are honoured to be associated with this inaugural competition.
“It certainly showed the depth of musical talent in our area. We hope that it will now become a regular event in the calendar.”