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Virtual Musician of the Year 2020

Prior to lockdown, Blackpool Music service was teaching more than 4,000 children every week. To maintain their support to Blackpool children they decided to hold their 18th Musician of the Year event as a virtual competition. The result was an incredible success.

According to adjudicator Kevin White, ‘standards were high on virtually every instrument and musicianship was remarkable’. He awarded first prize and overall musician of the Year to St Mary’s Catholic Academy pianist, Charisse Villarino who performed ‘Clair de Lune’ by Debussy at an incredibly high standard.

Second prize in the high school section was awarded to Unity Academy’s Lukass Lesins who played a superb guitar solo called ‘Shape of My Heart’ Lukass was also the youngest musician to be honoured in this section.

Third place was awarded to Highfield Leadership Academy’s Charlotte Tabeart for her amusing trombone solo, ‘The Acrobat’

The best Key Stage 3 competitor not to be awarded a top 3 placing was Grace Johny from St Mary’s and whose flute rendition of ‘Solitaire’ by Malcolmn Arnold was stunningly good.
Primary soloists were also of an exceptional standard this year and every musician should be proud of their achievements. First prize was awarded to Macayla Gundayao from St Kentigern’s Catholic Primary school and who performed the piano solo ‘I Giorni’ by Ludovico Einaudi.

Second prize was awarded to Ella Adshead from St Nicholas CE Primary School and third prize to Bethany Casey Anchorsholme Academy.

Music Adviser Andrew White said, ‘Thirty four of our children have now been offered seats in professional orchestras. This is an incredible achievement for our pupils, peripatetic teachers and school teachers. There is little doubt from these performances that more seats in national orchestras will be required in the near future’.

Ella Adshead Bethany Casey Charisse Villarino Grace Johny Macayla Gundayao Charlotte Tabeart