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Kirsty Lovie wins the KDAF Fiddle competition

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On Wednesday 16th November at the Woodend Barn, Banchory the final of the Kincardine and Deeside Arts Forum Fiddle Competition took place.
The judges were Paul Anderson (Traditional Fiddler), Alan John (Classical Violinist) and Mark Hope (Chair KDAF).
Six of the original 16 applicants had been chosen to compete; Eilidh Anderson (Traditional), Kirsty Lovie (Classical), George Davidson (Traditional/Classical), Cameron Ross (Traditional), Emma Pantel (Classical) and Helen Stirling Classical/Traditional).
There were about 80 family members, friends and other audience members there to support these young and talented players in their efforts to play their best. Both classical and traditional styles were represented, including two fiddlers/violinists who played in both genres. The range of pieces heard by the audience was therefore very broad, which made for an enjoyable evening’s listening.

Ian Greig, maker and donator of the prize had brought along not only the prize violin, but other instruments he is currently repairing, as a display of his work for the audience to view.

The judges didn’t take long to decide who the winner should be, so walked on to the stage after just 15 minutes of discussion, along with the violin maker, Ian Greig. Before the winner was announced, there was a surprise second prize to give out.
The KDAF had decided to offer £100 as a runner up prize, so the judges agreed that George Davidson (Traditional/Classical) should receive this. The cheque was presented to him by Ian Greig. For the main prize the judges were unanimous about who the winner should be. Ian Greig proudly presented the prize violin to an extremely delighted Kirsty Lovie.

Another surprise announcement was then made by Mark Hope. He had been talking with Stewart Aitken (Artistic Director/CEO, Aberdeen International Youth Festival) and Stewart has offered to give not only the winner her own platform at next year’s Festival, but all the finalists will be invited to be a part of an event as well. So everyone’s a winner!

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Written by Kincardine and Deeside Arts Forum

December 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

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