Musical stars

[L to R. Amelia Wise; Indira Pandit; the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Dine Romero; Alex Bichard; Rebecca O’Shea and Dorothy Hodge.]

It might be one of the oldest arts festivals in the country but, there’s plenty of young talent amongst those who compete every year in the Mid Somerset Festival.

Last night l joined others in the Pump Room to watch five young people perform in the Bath Young Musician of the Year competition. Five young high achievers who all wowed us with their talents.

Dorothy Hodge with her trophy

Our judges had to choose a winner and that was Dorothy Hodge playing an alto saxophone – and accompanied by Maria Garcia.

Dorothy is a Year 13 student at Bath’s King Edwards School and took up playing the saxophone six years ago – following on from the clarinet and piano.

But well done also to Indira Pandit (Cello); Rebecca O’Shea (Viola); Amelia Wise (Clarinet) and Alex Bichard (Violin/Viola).

Library shot

Lovely setting – if a little hard in the chair department – and, it seems, it wasn’t possible to turn off the spa water fountains. Though – for the most part – those talented performers drowned out the sounds of gurgling water.

The winner’s trophy, and runner-up certificates, were presented by the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Dine Romero who is the Festival President.