2015 - Cathryn Lynch

Winner of the competition was percussionist Cathryn Lynch who had given stunning performances in both pieces. Her Marimba piece was absolutely amazing and commenting on her combined percussion playing, the adjudicator said it was a stunning performance. Cathryn had full command of all her instruments, showed great co-ordination and her playing displayed all the subtleties of the music.

Second was Rebecca Doherty who played recorder with great sense of style and phrasing, and third was Tom Myles who gave a wonderful performance on clarinet.

The winner of the under 13 section was 12 year old pianist Rowel Friers who played the first movement of a Beethoven sonata with the style and panache of a much more experienced player. His lyrical and exquisite performance was a joy to hear. Michael predicted a great future ahead for Rowel who in his playing already demonstrates the ability to interpret the music like an experienced performer.

Michael McCracken , adjudicator for NI YMOY said it had been a pleasure and a privilege to have been invited to adjudicate music making of such a high standard. It had been very difficult to select 16 finalists from 40 performances and in the final there were no losers.  In their playing and singing they all had shown what music was all about.


Cathryn won the 2015 competition playing a 4 mallet marimba piece by Emmanuel Sejourne. She also played a multiple percussion piece, Collinear Dancer, in the final.
Cathryn attends Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, Co. Down. She is involved in her school choir, band and orchestra. Cathryn  is a member of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, Downshire Brass and the Ulster Youth Orchestra. Winning this competition gave Cathryn the opportunites to play in the UK final, play in the Waterfront Hall for the Rotary UK and Ireland Conference and play on Radio Ulster John Toal show several times. She also, with the subsequent 2016 joint-winner Tom Myles, gave a truly excellent recital in Andrews Memorial Hall, Comber to a large, and knowledgeable audience.
Cathryn has her ABRSM diploma in percussion performance and is currently sitting her gcses. After school Cathryn wants to attend a music conservatoire in the UK to study percussion.
“Winning in 2015 has certainly changed my life for the better”