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Pianist is NI top young musician
Amy Mathews, Peter Glasgow and Fionnuala Ward
Fionnuala Ward (right) is the NI Young Musician of the Year
A teenage pianist from County Londonderry has been made Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year.

Fionnuala Ward beat off competition from talented musicians across Northern Ireland to take the title in Comber at the weekend.

Fionnuala, who goes to St Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt, played Le chat et la Souris by Aaron Copland.

Adjudicator Melvin Rickarby said her performance was "the most engrossing and technically perfect performance".

"Her energy and enthusiam showed through from beginning to glorious end," he said.

Fionnuala received an engraved Tyrone Crystal bowl and 250 in vouchers for Matchetts Music.

The runner-up was Peter Glasgow, 16, from Ballyclare High School, on alto saxophone.


His interpretation of Gabriel Grovlez's Sarabande et Allegro was, said the adjudicator, "beautifully shaped and fluent, showing both confidence in and enjoyment of the music".

In third place was Amy Mathews, 15, from Belfast, playing clarinet.

Comber Rotary Club President Ken Brundle said: "This annual flagship event provides a platform for young musicians to gain essential competition experience.

"It is also an opportunity for us to show our commitment to local charities, particularly those supporting young people and their families."

Since the competition began in 1993, it has raised 75,000 for local young people's charities, in particular the NI Music Therapy Trust and the NI Cancer Fund for Children.

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