Guisborough sixth former gains musical inspiration

CAPTION: Richard Bracknall near Roseberry Topping. His music composition inspired by the North York Moors impressed judges in a recent contest. Photo: Mark Pinder for Guzelian Pictures.

CAPTION: Richard Bracknall near Roseberry Topping. His music composition inspired by the North York Moors impressed judges in a recent contest. Photo: Mark Pinder for Guzelian Pictures.

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

YOUNG people’s stories and music - inspired by the North York Moors - have impressed the judges in a contest.

To mark the 60th birthday of the North York Moors National Park, budding composers and writers were asked to create pieces of work inspired by the area.

Guisborough sixth former Richard Bracknall, 17, won first prize with his composition, A Moors Fanfare for a brass ensemble. He won a digital piano worth £1,400 for his school, Prior Pursglove College and a voucher for £60 for himself.

Internationally-renowned composter, Andrew Carter, who judged the contest, said Richard had written a “very impressive, musical and imaginative piece” that was “mature beyond his years”.

Runners-up in the competition were Alex Richards, 14, of Ryedale School, who wrote Rolling Slopes of Green for synth strings and E guitar, and, Christopher Loader of Northallerton College, who wrote The National Park for the piano.

The primary school’s story competition was won jointly by Toby Welford, seven, of Fylingdales Church of England Primary, and, Toby Antcliff, 10, of Helmsley Primary School.

The two children each received a £60 book token, a map and compass, and a painting illustrating their stories by artist Julie McLinden. Their stories will be published on the national park’s website.

The pieces of writing, which were a maximum of 500 words, were inspired by peculiar and unusual place names taken from a map of the North York Moors.

Toby Antcliffe wrote about Adder Stone and Toby Welford was inspired by Ness Point.

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