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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Siblings shine at grand finale - South Cumbria Musical Festival

A PAIR of virtuoso siblings scooped top awards at South Cumbria Musical Festival.

Talented Dowdales School pupils Euan Lee, 16, and Iona Lee, 13, of Kirkby, won two of the most prestigious awards at Saturday’s Gala Night finale in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston.

Playing piano, Euan won a crystal trophy as well as £200 and the Esther C Croskery and Aprille C Bonner Performance Award.

After winning a number of classes during the week, Iona was awarded the CN Group George Nicholls Young Musician of the Year Award, £100 and a trophy.

Euan, who has been playing the piano since he was about five years old, said: “I feel really relieved and happy.

“I can’t even explain how nervous I felt during it.

“It’s something I want to keep on doing and improving on.”

Younger sister Iona who played the saxophone said: “I wasn’t nervous today, but I was nervous when I was judged during the classes last week.”

The talented teenager also plays the piano and sings.

She added: “I will probably take part again next year.”

Parents Stephen and Lynette Lee were thrilled by the achievements.

Mr Lee said: “I’m really proud of them both. They practised a lot.”

Festival chairman Keith Butcher, 71, of Ulverston, said: “It’s a challenging role but it’s really rewarding work.

“When you see them all performing it’s just job satisfaction.

“It gives young people a chance to perform when they might not get to outside of school. I think it also gives the children confidence in other area of their life, including academically.

“The festival was a tremendous success.

“We were well supported by the local schools for choirs, music making and speech classes, and the standards of performance were very high.

“Individual entries increased for the second year running. We had an excellent adult choral night on Wednesday, with a new ladies’ group, Ottovoce, winning their class.

“Our adjudicator, Ann Lampard was very impressed with all the choirs and had great difficulty in selecting the winners.

“Indeed, she said that for the first time in her career, she had awarded two male choirs with 90 and over.

“The winning choir won by only one mark.”

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