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Virtual Musician of the Year 2021

Blackpool Music Service is delighted to announce Musician of the Year 2021. Support from so many Blackpool Schools was excellent and it was the schools themselves who provided our ultimate list of virtual finalists.

Primary school Musician of the Year 2021 was awarded to Bethany Casey from Anchorsholme Academy performing Handel's Allegro from Sonata in F on flute.

Second place was awarded to Olivia Flower on piano, also from Anchorsholme Academy.

Third place caused a great deal of discussion amongst the adjudicators but it was agreed to offer a joint award to Nadia Daruzzaman on flute, (St Nicholas C of E Primary School), Oliver Daniells on clarinet, (Norbreck Academy) and Gabriella Templeton on piano (Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School).

Similarly, a joint Key Stage 3 High School Musician of the Year Award was given to Grace Johny playing flute from St Mary's Catholic Academy, and the percussionist Chloe Wright from South Shore Academy.

Congratulations to all who took part. Music Adviser Andrew White said 'it is so reassuring to hear the improvement so many children have made on their instruments during a very disruptive year. Their dedication must be applauded and we hope to see and hear them all live on stage in the very near future'.

Finally a big thank you to all supporting school staff and our peripatetic teachers. Online instrumental lessons are never the same as face to face lessons but for those who have persevered, the journey has been very worth taking.