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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 (3066803)
Young musicians taking part in showcase named
by Henry James

DOUGLAS Music, Parbold, has announced the young musicians performing its 2015 Young Musicians Showcase at Parbold Village Hall, West Lancashire as the opening concert of its Midsummer Piano Festival, Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21.

Following the success of the 2014  Showcase, this highly respected music society opened the opportunity to young people from across Lancashire and the North West.

From a substantial and talented group of entrants, eight performers have been selected by independent advisers. These young pianists, singers, and guitarist from Southport, Crosby, Preston, Wigan, Orrell, Parbold, Glazebury, Warrington and Liverpool will perform in a public concert on Friday, June 19 at 7.45 p.m. in the Auditorium at Parbold Village Hall, Parbold, WN8 7DN.

The eight performers are:  Ben Crumpton aged 18, from Orrell, Wigan, plays acoustic guitar and in 2014 won Wigan Young Musician Of The Year in the advanced section.

Pianist Hannah Spencer, who had her 16th birthday on May 1 this year, is also from Orrell, Wigan. Hannah will be playing works by Claude Debussy, Frank Bridge and Christopher Norton.

Tom Bennet, a 16 year old pianist also from Wigan, is currently studying A level Music. As well as playing the piano since he was seven years old, Tom sings, plays the drums and used to be a horn-player in Skelmersdale Brass Band.

16 year old pianist Ethan Mitchell from Glazebury, Warrington, was a finalist in Wigan’s 2014 Young Musician of the Year Competition and accompanies other young musicians, church choirs and composes his own music.

Harry Spencer, a 14 year-old pianist from Preston, only started learning the piano five years ago and has passed all his grades with distinction. As a student at Broughton High School, he is heavily involved in the school’s musical life. He plays in school bands, is learning organ at his local church and accompanies a Fulwood local amateur dramatics group.

Rachel Burnett is twelve years old and lives in Crosby. She began studying singing and piano at the age of seven and is now in her first year at the Saturday Junior Royal Northern College of Music. Rachel has won numerous festivals and scholarships throughout the North West and was recently chosen to represent Southport at The British and International Federation of Festivals of Music’s North West Regional Championship at Alderley Edge in September 2015.

Angelina Dorlin-Barlow, a singer, is 14 years old, lives in Southport and attends the junior RNCM Saturday school. She recently won the 2014 Southport Young Musician of the Year competition, adjudicated by Prof. Ian Tracey, from Liverpool Cathedral. Her prize was to give a lunchtime recital at Holy Trinity Church.

Justin Turnbull, a 20 year old pianist, is studying Music at Bristol University. He started taking lessons with tutor Ann Roberts in 2009 and in a few years passed his final grade with distinction. In addition to his piano studies, Justin enjoys singing with the Bristol University Chamber Choir.

The performers and their accompanists will have the opportunity to play on Douglas Music’s 2000 Steinway ‘D’ Grand, from the world famous Barbican Concert Hall, London. 

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