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Paige is crowned 2017 Primary Musican of the Year

A young pupil of St. Joseph’s Primary School in Meigh has been crowned the 2017 Primary School Musician of the Year.

Harpist Paige McDonald emerged victorious, having been chosen as the overall winner by adjudicator Mr Michael McCracken from a panel of 15 finalists.

The Rotary Club of North Down is delighted to announce that harpist Paige McDonald of St. Joseph’s Primary School, Meigh, Newry is the 2017 Primary School Musician of the Year. Paige was selected by adjudicator Mr Michael McCracken from fifteen finalists.

Commenting on Paige’s performance, Mr McCracken, the Director of Music at Down Cathedral, said that it was “well beyond her years and displayed a high level of both skill and artistry”.

Commenting on the value of  the competition to all who had taken part, Mr  McCracken thanked the Rotary Club of North Down for organising the event which year by year was helping to raise the standard of musical performance across Northern Ireland.  He praised the teachers and parents who nurtured such amazing talent. All participants were winners because in taking part they developed skills of self-discipline, time management, self-criticism and teamwork which will be of great use to them in many aspects of their later lives, he said.