Ascot LVS team show way in Rotary contest
PUBLISHED: 11:27 18 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:27 18 March 2014
Youngsters from the Ascot area have made a remarkable achievement in recently winning three top positions in the District Finals of two national Rotary competitions.
The District Finals bring together local heat winners from across the entire Rotary Thames Valley District which stretches from Banbury in the North to Hungerford in the West and Pinner in the East.
The first success was achieved by a team of three budding public speakers from LVS, who having won the local heat in Ascot took top place in the District Final of the Youth Speaks competition on 6 March. The LVS team of Blessing Park, Kirsty Exley and Harriet Audaer won the senior competition, which was held in Marlow, and now go forward to the South-east regional final on 22 March in Guildford.
The next competition was the Young Musician District Final which took place in Reading on 15 March. Robert Cheung, winner of the Ascot heat, won the instrumental section playing the piano with a superb performance of Liszt’s ‘Liebestraum’, followed by “The Cat and the Mouse” by 20th century American composer Aaron Copeland.
In the vocal section of the same competition, Francesca Power of St Mary’s School, Ascot, who had previously won the Ascot heat of the competition, was the winner. She performed Donizetti’s ‘Me voglio fà ‘na casa’, followed by ‘And this is my Beloved’ from ‘Kismet’, and finally ‘Think of Me’ from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.
Robert and Francesca go forward to the South-east regional final which will be held in Maidstone on 29 March.
Rotary Club District Governor John Greening said : “The levels of performance that we see and hear at the District level of these competitions is quite outstanding. We have young people in our communities who possess tremendous talent, and it is a pleasure for us in Rotary to support them in their development through our national youth competitions. We wish them well in the Regional Finals.”