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The newly elected chairman of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club had an exciting and entertaining start to his tenure when he visited East Norfolk Sixth Form College to judge the Haven Rotary Club’s annual bursary competition for Performing Arts.

Peter Bondi was joined on the judging panel by Robert Lovick, Keith Futter and professional music director and singing coach, Bruce Webb.

Three students from EN performed for the panel. Callum Howard, who is ambitious to build a career in the film industry and is already creating short films for his own YouTube channel, performed a powerful and disturbing extract from Shelagh Stephenson’s acclaimed play Five Kinds of Silence. Lily Kirby gave a technically accomplished and lyrical interpretation of Aquarelle by James Rae, a sonata for flute and piano, and Olivia Mannall completed the afternoon with a moving and compelling performance of Juliet from Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

The performers explained to the panel how they would use the Performing Arts Bursary Award to develop creative skills as they prepare for working lives in the highly competitive creative and performance industries. Each student was awarded a generous £200 by the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club panel.

Callum, who studied Drama and Theatre Studies, Media Studies, Computing and Maths at AS Level in his first year at EN has set his sights on a place at a film school and wants to add to his existing film equipment so he can experiment with a wider variety of lenses and filming techniques. Lily’s ambition is to become an orchestral musician and is saving to upgrade her flute for her second year of A level Music as she prepares for crucial conservatoire auditions. Olivia, whose first year courses combined AS levels in Creative Writing, English Literature and History with Drama and Theatre Studies, has a passion for classical theatre and would like to take a summer theatre course in Shakespearean Acting at the prestigious Globe Theatre next year.

EN’s Director of Creative and Cultural Studies, Caroline Niddrie-Webb, said: “These bursaries give the students really important financial help and the experience of meeting and performing to the panel in a challenging audition process will have added immeasurably to their experience and confidence as performers. The Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club’s continuing support for our young people demonstrates their genuine interest in helping the next generation of local talent make their first steps towards careers in the creative industries which are so important to our regional and national economy.”

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