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Top young sax player wows judges at Rotary music competition

Chantal Duchenne receives her prize from High Sheriff Deborah Inskip, with Virenda Soni, president of the Rotary Club of Bedford Castle.

Chantal Duchenne receives her prize from High Sheriff Deborah Inskip, with Virenda Soni, president of the Rotary Club of Bedford Castle.

A young sax player wowed the judges at a music competition held in Bedford.

Chantal Duchenne won the senior section of the event hosted by Rotary.

Chantal received her prize from Deborah Inskip, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, who listened to the young musicians along with Virenda Soni, President of the Rotary Club of Bedford Castle, and other visitors in the audience.

Chantal played her alto sax to win her prize in the senior section of the Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Kempston’s Young Musician Competition 2014. The competition was held last Thursday at Bedford Modern School.

Chantal, a student at Bedford Girls School and the Harpur Music School. beat strong competition to win a cash prize and tickets to a Philharmonia Orchestra concert.

She will also be an entrant in the Rotary District semi-final at St Ives, along with other winners from the event.

The Rotary club said the evening was a great success.

The High Sheriff presented prizes and certificates to all those taking part. The prizewinners in each section were:

Junior 1st

Ross Simpson, Margaret Beaufort Middle School.

2nd: Miriam Reveley, Goldington Academy.

3rd: Zeynep Salerno, St Andrews/Harpur Music School.

Intermediate 1st

Jonathan Blake, Biddenham Upper School.

2nd: Isobel Stearn, Bedford Girls School.

3rd: Zac Wilde, Bedford Modern School.

Senior 1st

Chantal Duchenne, Bedford Girls/Harpur Music School.

2nd: Niamh Turney, Redbourne School.

3rd: Rachel Davidson, Sharnbrook Upper School.

The Young Musician Competition, organised every year by the Rotary Club of Bedford Castle, is open to all 6 to 17- year-olds living or at school in the borough.

 

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