Kirkcudbright Academy Young Musicians Shine

Last Thursday, the 28th April, Kirkcudbright Academy, working with Kirkcudbright Rotary Club, staged the annual Young Musician competition. Organised and led by Kirkcudbright Academy music teachers Hannah Gill and Emma Irving, the competition attracted twenty one young people from S1’s through to S6’s.

The competition was divided into three categories, namely the Junior Young Musician, the Senior Singer and the Senior Instrumentalist. A trophy, a cash prize and a Rotary certificate were presented to each of the winners in each category by Rotary President Andy Courtnadge. Cash prizes and certificates  were also awarded to the young musicians who finished 2nd and 3rd in each category.

A wide variety of instruments and a mixture of songs and styles made for an evening of enjoyment and delight. Judges for the evening were music teachers Jamie Brand and Georgina Pryde-Firmin from Annan Academy. They too expressed their astonishment at the quality of the musical performances and, in speaking to the captivated audience of teachers, parents, friends and Rotarians, they expressed their amazement at just how much had been achieved, post Covid, in so little time.

Rotarian Youth Service Convenor  Paul Tebay responded to this by praising the work done by Hannah and Emma and congratulating all the students who participated on their assured and talented performances.

The audience was clearly deighted by all that they had witnessed and they expressed their delight to be part of a live audience for the first time in over two years. The evening finished with a collection of donations to help Ukrainian refugees which raised a fantastic £250.

Junior Musician

3rd: Beth Hutchison

2nd: Thomas D’Haen

1st: Ben Hodson


Senior Singer

3rd: Ben Durham

2nd: Josephine Pallinder

1st: Carmen Cluckie



Senior Instrumentalist

3rd: Erin Findlay

2nd: Huw Hodson

1st: Fraser Hannah

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