A YOUNG Dales pianist has scooped a £500 first-prize in a regional competition that aims to nurture musical talent across Derbyshire.
Eleanor Kornass, of Darley Dale, was the unanimous winner of the Dalesmen Student Award after performing two piano pieces before the panel of judges at Ecclesbourne School last week.
The runners-up prize of £100 was awarded to Sinead Murphy, of Matlock, who gave a wonderful performance on her euphonium.
John England, Chairman of the Dalesmen Voice Choir, said: “As the standard of the competition was so high the adjudicators decided to give a runners-up prize.”
As the winner of the Dalesmen Students Award gets the opportunity to perform alongside the highly-acclaimed choir, both Eleanor and Sinead will be performing with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra at the Dalesmen’s 25th Anniversary Concert at the Assembly Rooms, Derby, on Saturday 3 November 2012.
The Dalesmen’s president, Rev. Reg Dean, will hopefully be celebrating his 110th Birthday and presenting Eleanor with the Winner’s Trophy named in his honour.
John said: “Reg’s longevity may certainly be seen as a recommendation for the benefits of singing in a choir and an advertisement for the influential part that music can play in our lives.”
The competition was set up by Derbyshire’s infamous Dalesmen Voice Choir who decided to further their charitable work by fostering and encouraging young musical talent across the county.
The idea behind the competition is to assist students –who are struggling with the rises in tuition fees - by rewarding their musical talents with money to assist their studies.