Each year in March we hold the Annual Musician of the Year competition.
2017's competition took place on Thursday 22nd June at Springfield Methodist Church.
This is a wonderful event for Key Stages 2,3 and 4, which encourages friends and family to support their talented children in a pleasant but competitive environment.
Martin Obermuller hails from Hove in East Sussex where at 14 years of age he began his experience in brass banding, swiftly moving to principal cornet with Hangleton Band and simultaneously holding the bumper up seat with Patcham Parish Church Band.
Martin's first experience of conducting came with Hangleton Youth Band and this quickly led him to study for the Graduate Diploma in Band Musicianship at Salford under the guidance of Dr. Roy Newsome, David Loukes and Goff Richards, learning from the many leading visiting conductors including Harry Mortimer, Eric Ball, Walter Hargreaves, Howard Snell and James Watson to name but a few.
Martin later returned to study for a Master's degree in Music (Performance) in conducting at Salford University led by Dr. David King whilst working as head of music in the secondary sector. He has directed many bands in the North West with much success and served as bandmaster of Besses o' th Barn, BT and Stalybridge bands.
As a conductor of numerous bands, Martin's knowledge of all instruments including violin, piano and percussion is extensive. His adjudicating skills at many festival competitions makes him an ideal adjudicator. As a senior, respected educationalist he also has the communicative skills to encourage our young musicians and give them real career guidance.
Martin praised all of the entrants as the performances were of a very high standard.
The Primary school first place went to Kaelon Rutherford from St Nicholas Church of England Primary School. Kaelon's clarinet piece, was 'Ave Maria'.
Second place went to Maddison Howarth from Anchorsholme Primary Academy. Maddison played 'Nobody Knows' on Flute.
Third place went to Edward Loy on drums from St Cuthbert's Catholic Academy playing 'Sing for Absolution' .
First place for the Key stage 3 section went to Kian Dempsey from Highfield Leadership Academy on drums playing 'Dance with the Devil'.
Second place went to Sophia Burgess from Montgomery High School, on Guitar playing 'Love Yourself'.
The winner of the Key stage 4 section and overall Musician of the Year went to Mark Mahtani also from Montgomery High School, playing a beautiful and haunting piece called 'Sunrise'.