A dozen of Thurrock’s best young musicians graced the stage of the Thameside Theatre in Grays on Monday (19 November) evening.
The finalists of Thurrock’s Young Musician of the Year 2012 had been chosen from a series of masterclasses led by musicians from the Royal Opera House held a week earlier.
The event, run by Thurrock Council’s music service in partnership with the Royal Opera House and supported by Arts Council England, was adjudicated by the Royal Opera House’s principal flautist Margaret Campbell.
Representatives from the Mardyke Rotary Club – which supported the event – joined Thurrock Council directors at the Thameside, and Thurrock Mayor, Cllr Yash Gupta, hosted VIPs. mayors and council chairman from Brentwood, Castle Point. Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping, Essex, Maldon and Rochford councils.
The winner, and Thurrock’s Young Musician of the Year 2012, was announced as singer Georgia Robertson whose rendition of On my Own wowed the audience.
Runner-up was pianist Jemma Costin (I Got Rhythm).