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Posted: 23/08/10

Chris hits the right notes

West Nottinghamshire College music student Chris Miggels has spoken of his pride at winning a prestigious accolade following his performance at the 38th District 1220 Annual Rotary conference in Llandudno, Wales.

The 18-year-old from Boughton, near Newark, won the Ord-Hume Trophy – named after composer and musicologist, Lieut.-Col James Ord-Hume – after giving a 20-minute classical piano recital in what was the first time a young musician had been invited to perform at the event.

Chris, who is studying HND music performance, represented Sherwood Rotary Club and also went on to receive the Attendance Cup for best represented club.

The invitation came about after Chris performed at the annual Rotary Young Musician’s concert at the Derby Assembly Rooms earlier this year, where he played for the third year running.

And on Saturday Chris played grand piano at the college’s higher education graduation ceremony at Kelham Hall, Newark, following his successful competition performances.

He said: “It’s amazing to be able to play to such large audiences.  It was a great honour to be chosen to play at the 38th District 1220 Annual Rotary conference and winning the Ord-Hume Trophy capped off a fantastic day.”

Chris is also the keyboard player for local inde-rock band The Beetroot Kings. This five-piece band performs in music festivals in Mansfield and Ashfield, as well as at venues across the UK.  They are currently recording their debut album and Chris has dreams of hitting the big time. 

“It would be amazing if The Beetroot Kings made it big,“ said Chris. “It’s our ultimate dream to bring our music to everyone.  After my course at West Notts, I’m looking to gain employment in the music industry and further develop my piano skills.  I’m particularly interested in the performance aspect of music.”