A year 12 student from Notre Dame School in Plymouth has been awarded the title of 2014 Plymouth Young Composer of the Year.

The annual competition, now in its tenth year, organised by Plymouth Youth Music services sees talented A Level musicians work alongside resident composer Jude Whitlock and a professional string quartet.

This year’s competition began on 30th January with a workshop at the Citadel in Plymouth, with students having six weeks to develop their compositions ahead of a public recital which was held this week.

The event, led by Notre Dame, in participation with St Boniface’s College, Devonport High School for Girls, Devonport High School for Boys, Liskeard Community College, Lipson Community College and Plymouth High School for Girls, challenged students to compose music based on Theme and Variations.

Judges commented on the high standard of this year’s entries, and the difficulty they faced in choosing the winning composer.

First place was awarded to Rebecca Steuart for her music titled ‘Dance Movements’, whilst Molly Toms with her music ‘C’est La Vie’ and Amelia Beaumont with her music ‘Les Dances d’Amelie’ were both runners up.

The awards were funded by Peninsula Arts and presented by Simon Ible, director of Music at Plymouth University.