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Portager's voice earns gold

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

Yuvan Ramachandran stands with his gold medal from the Royal Conservatory following Sunday's 2017 Manitoba Gold Medal Ceremony at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. (Supplied)

Yuvan Ramachandran stands with his gold medal from the Royal Conservatory following Sunday's 2017 Manitoba Gold Medal Ceremony at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. (Supplied)

He might just have four years of singing experience under his belt but that didn't stop one Portage la Prairie vocalist from capturing a major provincial award.

Eight-year-old Yuvan Ramachandran was presented with a gold medal for Level 1 Preparatory Voice by the Royal Conservatory this past Sunday at its 2017 Manitoba Gold Medal Ceremony at the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Muriel Richardson Auditorium.

“It's exciting. I wasn't expecting to win," Ramachandran says. “It's new for me because this is my first (Level 1 competition).”

The Ecole Crescentview School Grade 3 student performed both A Cookie for Snip and Au Claire De La Lune – the former in English and latter in French – during Level 1 exams this past summer in Portage. The test covered everything from such singing elements as diction, voice projection and singing quality to external factors like posture and Ramachandran's score of 91 per cent was tops in all of Manitoba. 

Although he dabbles in classical music for vocal competition, the Portager is also a multi-instrumentalist, as he has a background in both piano and violin. Musical ability is certainly something that runs in the family, as Yuvan follows in his sister Jessica's footsteps, as she won the same award in 2014.

It was only recently that Yuvan began receiving vocal lessons from a certified coach. Up until, and including the Level 1 exams, the young musician relied on the musical teachings of his mother. Although not equipped with a legitimate background in music, her good old fashion motherly encouragement has certainly done the trick thus far.

Ramachandran was presented with his gold medal during a ceremony Sunday where he performed one of his gold medal winning songs in front of family, friends and accomplished musicians.
 



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