"Dream come true" for Bexley musician as he picks up best in borough award
PUBLISHED: 10:19 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:20 07 March 2016
The final was held on March 5
Musicians from across the borough played their hearts out at Townley Grammar School this weekend as they gathered for the final of the Bexley Young Musician of the Year 2016.
Ten young people were all handpicked for this year’s final, with each contestant having just eight minutes to share their musical talents with the judges.
Judges included London Symphony Orchestra composer Michael Betteridge, double bass player with the LSO, Matthew Gibson, and professional singer Simon Sunderman.
The three-man panel listened to performances from finalists playing a range of instruments including the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, cello and singing.
The event, which was the 10th of its kind in Bexley, is organised by all of the four rotary clubs in the borough, made up of Bexley, Crayford, Erith and Sidcup.
Each of the finalists was required to live in, or attend a school or college, within Bexley, and be under the age of 19 on September 1 this year.
Picking up this year’s award was Blackfen’s William Morley.
The Townley Grammar School student currently studies music, music technology and history.
He described the win as a “dream come true”.
The 18-year-old said: “I am ecstatic, it means the world to me. I would like my career to be in orchestral playing.”
As well as a certificate and photgraph, each of the finalists were given a £100 cheque.
Regular MC at the event, Maurice Tripp, said: “William is a very talented musician and just looking at his list of musical pursuits, I am amazed that he finds time to fit it all in.
“We all wish him good luck in his musical career.”
Whilst the judges were deliberating, there was a performance by The Little Big Band, from Sidcup’s Bird College, under the direction of David McAllister.
Main sponsors of the evening were Howe Maxted Group, Opass Billings Wilson and Honey, T.G. Baynes, W. Roots Associates Limited and Whitecode Design Associates Limited.