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Rotary Festival In Solihull 22 – 29 September 2012


By Ted Trowsdale - Posted on 26 September 2012

Breast Friends fundraisers, the Pile Family with the Mayor
Ken Hawkins, Kenny Fu Solihull Musician of the Year, Mayoress Janet Hawkins,Adjudicator Melvyn Cooper and Steve Cartwright
The runners start out

Last weekend saw a wonderful start to this week-long festival which started with a day of competition of musicians and vocalists at the Solihull Rotary Festival.

Solihull Musician of the Year 2012

The Class Winners were invited back to perform at the Grand Concert of Winners in the evening where 14 year old Kenny Fu was chosen by the adjudicators as Solihull Musician of the Year. In addition to receiving the coveted Helen Willies Trophy, Kenny also received the Keith Willies Memorial Bursary of £250 towards furthering his musical education. Adjudicators Tim Low, Solihull Music Service and Melvin Cooper, Warwick University, who has adjudicated at Competitions around the World, said they had had a difficult time deciding which of the contestants should receive these awards but in the end Kenny Fu had shown great talent. Melvin Copper added that with this Music Competition Solihull has a real gem and he looks forward to future competitions.

Melvin is so impressed with the high standards this competition has achieved in previous years that last November he gave a concert at Warwick University and donated the proceeds to Solihull Rotary Club to help offset the costs of staging this event. Major sponsors of the competition are also Touchwood Shopping Centre and Mr & Mrs Nicholls without their support this festival would not be possible.

Kenny Fu, piano solo, played Beethoven’s Sonata No 8 – 1st Movement. Solihull’s Mayor Cllr. Ken Hawkins accompanied by Mayoress Janet Hawkins was in the audience throughout the Concert and was enthralled by the talent that all the musicians and vocalists displayed.

Solihull Festival Fun Run

On Sunday morning hundreds of fun seekers joined in the annual 5k Fun Run & Walk around Tudor Grange Park and adjoining school fields. Participants of all ages & experience joined in including some in fancy dress, mums pushing pushchairs and runners with dogs. Special attractions included a drummer and bagpipe player in full tartan regalia. A physical trainer was present for the warm up session.

Comedian Don Maclean and Solihull’s Mayor and Mayoress were on hand to start the race and to applaud them all back in before presenting the prizes. We had wonderful cooperation on the day from friends, family, Rotarians, Brueton Parkrun and Solihull Breast Friends cancer charity for which it is hoped that once again many thousands of pounds will be raised from the runner’s sponsors. 

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