‘Y Factor’ winner set for concert

By Mark Elson in Local People

THE YOUNG winner of an annual music award named after a popular Forest teacher will showcase her talents at a gala concert next week.

Mezzo soprano Rosita da Silva Teixeira from Newent, who is studying at Paul McCartney’s music school in Liverpool, will be singing at the Yvonne Walkerdine Music Bursary (YWMB) concert after showing the “Y Factor” to scoop the seventh annual award.

The concert is at St Mary’s Church, Lydney, on Saturday, July 15, and is part of the Lydney Festival programme.

Rosita, 17, completed her GCSEs at Newent Community School last July and now has vocal lessons from voice coach Ian Davidson at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, with the aim of working towards a diploma in musical theatre.

She started performing aged eight with a weekend theatre group, and is also a keen songwriter who is currently working on an EP with a producer in Liverpool.

Rosita will be supported on piano by Wyedean School year 12 student Ellis Fryer, who has already passed her grade 8 flute with distinction and is now awaiting her results for grade 8 piano.

Also on the programme will be the Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir, under the leadership of Tracey Gwynne.

The bursary was founded after the sudden death in 2008 of Yorkley school teacher and community musician Yvonne Walkerdine.

It is awarded annually to a young person of secondary school age who displays enthusiasm, energy and commitment to music.

The YWMB committee was delighted to receive the retiring collection from the recent Lydney Schools Primary Schools’ Concert, so it can continue to honour the memory of Yvonne and her musical work with children, including putting on the bursary winner’s concert as part of Lydney Festival.  

Fiona Crawley, chairperson of the YWMB, said: “The committee was completely delighted that Rosita won the bursary last year; she is probably the most passionate winner we have ever had and is totally professional about her music.

“Rosita sings jazz, blues and musical theatre with equal mastery and it’s a joy to listen to her beautifully presented programmes.

“We’re also delighted that Ellis will be playing and that the male voice choir will be supporting both these young talents. It will be a lovely blend of music – just right for a summer’s evening and we would like to encourage people of all ages to come – after all music is for everyone.”

For further information about the bursary see www.yvonnewalkerdine.com

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