YOUNG musicians performing at the Rotary Youth and Music Concert in Stow-on-the-Wold treated the audience to a quality evening of entertainment, whilst helping to raise £500 for charity.

Imogen Waters, Hannah Connolly, Laura Ruth Harrison and Samantha Burley presented a varied programme of musical entertainment at St Edward's Church on September 29.

Imogen Waters and Hannah Connolly, both aged 17 and studying music at Chipping Campden School, sang a number of challenging solo songs that demonstrated their vocal range and versatility.

Laura, previously at The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water and now studying at the Guildhall School of Music, played pieces on saxophone and flute.

One melodic piece for flute entitled ‘Hypnosis’ was composed by Ian Clarke, a professor at the Guildhall School of Music. Laura’s accomplishment on both instruments was admired through the challenging pieces she had selected to play.

Samantha Burley from King Edward VI High School, Edgbaston, who at only 14 has been leader of the National Children’s Orchestra and winner of the prestigious Vivienne Price Memorial Prize, showed her considerable ability in playing the violin, both accompanied and unaccompanied.

Rotary Club president Ed Alexander congratulated each of the young musicians for their excellent performances, and thanked Nicholas Ashton who accompanied all of the performers at this year’s event. Nicholas, a barrister by profession, is the lead organist at St Edward’s Church, Stow.

Proceeds from the concert, which raised £500, will go to The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own charity, which allows the Rotary organisation to conduct worldwide humanitarian activities, including, notably, its long-established campaign to eradicate polio.