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The music stars with everything to play for

By Linda McKee

Ten of Ireland's brightest young musicians were putting themselves through a gruelling round of rehearsals yesterday in preparation for their moment in the limelight.

The young contenders for the Clandeboye Young Musician of the Year 2007 title were putting the finishing touches to their repertoire ahead of last night's semi final, which whittled their number down to three.

These three will take the stage tonight at the Banqueting Hall of Clandeboye estate outside Bangor to compete for the prestigious title.

After the performance, the audience at the Champers & Hampers final will sojourn to a marquee in the courtyard to enjoy a picnic provided by Tesco.

Belfast-born pianist and creative director of the Clandeboye Festival, Barry Douglas, received a standing ovation at his recital on Wednesday night.

The musicians are hoping to convert a small army of children to classical music at 1.30pm tomorrow as Camerata Ireland performs a family concert of popular airs, with school children joining the orchestra to play a traditional jig.

No booking is required and under 15s are admitted for free.

And the musicians are looking forward to a rousing final night on Saturday, as fireworks burst into the sky following the gala performance featuring the Young Musician winner, playing alongside chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland and world-class names such as Korean violinist Chee Yun.


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