Young local musician wins major national competition

13-year-old Horsham pianist and Millais student, Rosie Sutton, is the 2013 Rotary UK Young Musician (Instrumentalist) of the Year.

The audience was treated to a feast of music at the Longfield Academy in Dartford. Performances from 16 finalists included piano, saxophone, violin and a number of singers. Rosie played a piece from Debussy, followed by a spirited rendering of a Toccata by Khachaturian.

Rosie and the winner of the Vocalist Award, Connor Smith, were deemed outstanding winners of the competition, which was entered by 6,500 young musicians from all over Great Britain and Ireland. They were awarded their trophies by RIBI President John Minhinick.

Rosie comes from a musical background  – both her parents are professional musicians and Rosie started learning the piano at the age of five.  Her first performing experience was in her own home where her mother held informal concerts for her pupils.

She soon progressed to larger venues and at the age of seven was invited to play in the prize–winners’ concert of the Reigate and Redhill Music Festival at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill.

Since then she has won numerous prizes at many local festivals and most recently has gained a place at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department starting later this year.  Rosie also plays the violin and is a  member of the National Children’s Orchestra and the Horsham Symphony Orchestra.

Barry Sutton, Rosie’s dad, said: “We are delighted that Rosie has won this prestigious competition; every round has been highly competitive and enjoyable. It has been a wonderful experience for Rosie and we are very grateful to the Rotary organisation for giving her this opportunity.”

Amazingly the Rotary club of Horsham has won two of the Rotary annual  ‘Young’ competitions this year, with Rosie following the success of Jordon Powell from Forest School in the Young Chef competition.

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