Veteran competitor wins Banbury Young Musician of the Year

This year's Banbury Young Musician of the year has been crowned after a day of competition held over the weekend at Tudor Hall School.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 2:41 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 2:42 pm
Jessica Foxwell ,the 2020 Young Musician of the Year
Jessica Foxwell ,the 2020 Young Musician of the Year

The Banbury Young Musician if the Year 2020 finals, organised by the Rotary Club of Banbury, were contested by some 74 students from junior to senior musicians, instrumentalists and singers.

The Junior Young Musician is violinist Laura, a student from St Lawrence Primary School in Knapton, who was competing for the first time.

After over an hour of deliberation Jessica Foxwell was declared the overall Young Musician of the Year who won as a woodwind player, but is extremely versatile, playing the piano and as a member of the woodwind ensemble who also won their class.

Rotarian Gareth Jeremy was presented with a certificate by Rotarian president Surinder Dhesi

Jessica has been a stalwart of the competition, having taken part every year since entering the junior competition at 8 years old.

Jessica will now go on to represent Banbury in a district final, which takes place in Reading on March 1. Also representing Banbury will be vocalist Arthur Kemp and drummer Teddy Sealey.

Founder and continued organiser of the competition, Rotarian Gareth Jeremy, was presented with a certificate and a gift in recognition of his 30 years of service organising the Young Musician Competition by Banbury Rotary Club president Surinder Dhesi.

The Banbury Rotary Club would like to thank the sponsors of the event, headmistress Of Tudor School, Wendy Griffiths, Banbury Town Council and Lloyds Bank.

Junior Young Musician of the Year, Laura accepts her trophy from Matthew Humphris of Humphris Funeral Directors