Gulf Daily News Friday, 30th January 2015 Email: [email protected] 15 n Jeong, Li, Henderson and Venkatesh performing in the final Nine-year-old Xiaolin strikes the right note... A NINe-YeAR-olD pianist has won this year’s annual BSMe Young Musicians of the Gulf competition – for the second time in a row. Xiaolin Zhang from the Horizon School of Dubai beat five musicians in last night’s final. British Ambassador Iain Lindsay presented the trophy to him. US Ambassador William Roebuck presented runner-up, Hai Wei li from the British School of Kuwait, with his trophy. The 16th annual competition was hosted by St Christopher’s School and the final was held at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa. The finalists were pianists Hei Wei li and Xiaolin Zhang, along with singers Zahid Siddiqui and Alaw Henderson, St Christopher’s School student and tabla player Sriram Venkatesh and cellist Joonwoo Jeong. Three music experts from the UK were flown in to judge the competition. They were conductor and examiner Richard Dickins, conductor Christopher Adey and flautist and teacher Atarah Ben-Tobin. The competition, which has grown into a premier music event for young people in the region, was launched by St Christopher’s School in 1998. More than 100 students from 10 schools in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Doha and Bahrain took part in this year’s contest. n Mr Lindsay, right, and St Christopher’s School principal Ed Goodwin, third from right, with guests at the event n Hundreds joined Mr Abdulla’s funeral procession yesterday Bus crash victim buried A BAHRAINI bus driver killed in a crash in Kuwait last week was buried in Jurdab yesterday. Maitham Abdulla, 49, was one of the five people, who died in a horrific accident on Monday that left dozens of others injured. He was travelling to Karbala in Iraq with a group that included Bahrainis Mossa Jaffar Al Asfoor, 24, his father Jaffar Al Asfoor, 44 and uncle Salman Al Asfoor, 87, who were also killed in the crash and were n A grief-stricken Mr Yacoub clings to his brother’s coffin buried in Sitra on Wednesday. The GDN reported earlier that Mr Abdulla’s bus crashed into a truck carMeanwhile, Health Ministry Hospital Affairs rying bricks after being overtaken by a water Assistant Under-Secretary Dr Waleed Manea tanker. told the GDN that six Bahraini patients were still He is survived by a wife and his three-year-old at Al Jahra Hospital in Kuwait being treated for daughter Howra, as well as his brother Mahmood fractures. Abdulla Yacoub – a fellow bus driver who wit“We cannot say how long it will take for them nessed the crash. to return to Bahrain,” he said.
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