Ascot pupils shine in Rotary Club contests

Published: 22 Mar 2014 17:300 comments

YOUNGSTERS in Ascot and Sunningdale have reasons to celebrate after a clean sweep in Rotary events.

The LVS team of Blessing Park, Kirsty Exley and Harriet Audaer, who won the senior section of the district Youth Speaks competition pictured with Rotary district governor John Greening and LVS teacher Sarah Quant.

At the Thames Valley Young Musician of the Year competition on Saturday in Reading, pianist Robert Cheung, a pupil at Charters School, won the instrumental section.

He mesmerised judges with his renditions of Liszt’s ‘Liebestraum’ and Aaron Copeland’s piece ‘The Cat and the Mouse’.

Singer Francesca Power, of St Mary’s School in Ascot, stormed to win the vocal section of the competition, singing three pieces, including the song ‘Think of Me’ from the musical Phantom of the Opera.

The pair progress to the South East regional final in Maidstone on Saturday, March 29.

Meanwhile, a team of three budding public speakers from LVS Ascot won the Thames Valley final of the Youth Speaks competition in Marlow on March 6, also organised by the region’s Rotary clubs.

The team of Blessing Park, Kirsty Exley and Harriet Audaer won the senior section of the competition and now move on to the South East final in Guildford on Saturday, March 22.

John Greening, the Rotary district governor, said: “The levels of performance that we see and hear at the district level of these competitions is quite outstanding.

“We have young people in our communities who possess tremendous talent, and it is a pleasure for us in Rotary to support them in their development through our national youth competitions. We wish them well in the regional finals.”

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