A TALENTED 11 year old girl has been crowned the Southport Young Musician of the Year.
Xi Xi Jessica Worlock, from Southport, won the competition after a glittering final on Friday July 5 with her vibrant piece on piano, with Thomas Corcoran, 16, from Churchtown named as runner-up on voice and Rachael Wells, 15, from Hillside, carrying off the Most Promising trophy for her pieces on saxophone and clarinet.
The final was attended by Sefton Mayor, Councillor June Burns and Southport MP Damien Moore.
More than 75 people watched as the 13 contestants who made it to the final of the fifth annual Young Musician competition - organised by Trinity Arts and sponsored by Whittakers Schoolwear - wowed them with their performances on piano, trumpet, drums, saxophone, cello, guitar, clarinet and voice.
John Bohanna, area manager of Whittakers, presented the winners’ cheque. He said: “It’s been an enjoyable evening with fantastic music but more than anything I praise and admire the bravery of the contestants.”
Sefton Mayor Cllr June Burns, who presented the trophies, echoed the audience's thoughts, saying “The standard of music was wonderful, and the talent and confidence of the competitors was unbelievable.”
Southport MP Damien Moore added: “The talent and ability of these young people was amazing. They have been absolutely outstanding.”