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Whitburn star becomes Rotary Club UK Young Musician of the Year

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

Whitburn Band’s baritone star Charlie Boax is celebrating after becoming the Rotary Club UK Young Musician of the Year.

After winning the Rotary’s Scottish final last month, Charlie competed against 11 other finalists from across the country at the Chetham’s School of Music last weekend.

The 16-year-old former Irvine and Dreghorn player won performing Zelda by Percy Code and With His First Breath by Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

Charlie was appointed Principal Baritone with Whitburn shortly after joining the band last Autumn, and won her first Scottish championship title with Whitburn in March.

A few weeks later, she then won the Scottish solo championship in the Intermediate section for players aged 16 and under.

Charlie Boax said: "This has been a brilliant year since I joined Whitburn Band and I am still buzzing after winning the Rotary Young Musician prize at Chetham's Music School. I’m now looking forward to playing in my first European contest with the band in Malmo, Sweden and the Grand Shield."

Charlie Farren, Whitburn Band Chairman, said: "Everyone at Whitburn is delighted for Charlie after her success at the Rotary Club championships.

"She has been fantastic since she joined us, and Charlie and the whole band are now looking forward to competing at the European championships and the Grand Shield in the coming weeks."

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