Last night we enjoyed five stunning recitals at the inaugural Betty Wyness Rosebowl pianoforte competition. We were joined at the event by former pupil, Dr Francesca Lee-Mason and Dr Helen Tobin, the granddaughter and daughter of Betty Wyness.
Mr Drew Tulloch had the difficult job of adjudicating the competition and he gave very thoughtful feedback to each contestant before presenting the Rosebowl to Alex in VI Senior.
Betty Wyness was the grandmother
of a former pupil at St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen, Dr Francesca
Lee-Mason. Betty was a talented musician who followed the international
Morayshire Pianoforte Competition for many years. The competition relocated
from the north east to Glasgow in recent years where it continues to thrive.
Betty’s family wanted her passion
for music to live on in the north east and have presented the beautiful silver
rosebowl in her honour to St Margaret’s School so that they may have our own
piano competition to continue the esprit of the award.
Pupils who entered the
competition must be of piano grade 6 standard or above and are required to play
for at least 6-12 minutes with one of their chosen piece being post-1900, as
Betty was born in 1916.
Betty loved all genres of music
which the 20th Century explored and embraced - hence the theme in
the competition. In fact Betty loved Rod Stewart's music! Betty’s
grand-daughter Dr Francesca Lee-Mason says “Betty was a great character and
always believed in the bright side of life“.
Former head of music at St
Margaret’s, Drew Tulloch, will return to the school as visiting adjudicator for
Anna Tomlinson, Head of St
Margaret’s said “we are absolutely delighted that the Dr Lee-Mason has
reconnected with St Margaret’s in this way. Our pupils are excited about the
opportunity to compete for an award with such an interesting history behind it. Music is an integral part of life
at St Margaret’s and with the right blend of challenge and support girls have
the opportunity to excel”.