Before an almost standing-room-only crowd, 17-year-old harpist Katherine Elizabeth Campbell of Danville’s George Washington High School and Caleb Anthony Flowers, a 15-year-old home-schooled countertenor from Clover, each took home $300 after winning the South Boston Lions Club’s Annual James Bland Memorial Music Contest Friday night at The Prizery
Runners-up were pianist Asher Brandon Caplan, 15, also of George Washington High School, and baritone Thomas Paul Freeman. Freeman, home-schooled, is 18 and from Alton.
This was Flowers’ third win in as many years, previously singing as a soprano. Flowers sang “Caro Mio Ben” by Giuseppe Giordani, and Campbell played Handel’s “Concerto in B flat major.”
Freeman sang Mozart’s “Vogelfänger bin ich ja.
Caplan played “Prelude in C sharp minor” by Rachmaninoff.
Flowers is a student of Dr. Christopher Swanson. Campbell is taught by Laura Byrne, Freeman by Samuel Howell and Caplan by Dianne Collie.
Somewhere around 250 music lovers witnessed the contest. Each paid an admission fee of one pair of used eyeglasses.