Festival a major hit

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THE second part of the Wansbeck Music Festival took place last week in three venues – the Sports and Community Centre in Newbiggin, St George’s URC Church in Morpeth and Morpeth Methodist Church.

The event went with a swing as the talented young players and singers delighted audiences and it all ended with rousing performances from junior and youth brass bands.

The adjudicator was Marilynne Davies, one of the most inspiring the festival has ever had, giving great encouragement to the young performers, coupled with expert advice on technique and interpretation.

The final prizewinners’ concert was attended by an array of civic dignitaries.

The mayor of Morpeth, Coun Ken Brown, presented the Town Council Bursary to Charlotte Kennedy, the mayor of Newbiggin, Coun Rebecca McCready, presented the Audrey Stimpson Bursary to Rachel Fairhurst, and the mayor of Ashington, Coun John McCormack presented the Elsie Tunney Cup and Bursary to Mrs Gillian Irvine.

Also present were county council leader Jeff Reid and deputy mayor of Blyth, Coun Poppy Reid.

The organisers are indebted to the councils for the generous grants towards the costs involved in running the festival.

Results:

Woodwind Ensemble – Under-18s: Emma’s Oboes.

School Choirs (songs) – Under-7s: St Aidan’s RC First School; Under-9s: St Aidan’s RC First School; Under-13s: Chantry Middle School.

School Choirs (hymns) – Under-7s: St Aidan’s RC First School; Under-9s: St Aidan’s RC First School; Under-13s: Chantry Middle School.

Gladys Willis Memorial Cup: St Aidan’s RC First School. Ella Davidson Memorial Cup: St Aidan’s RC First School; Mowbray First School. John Simpson Shield: St Aidan’s RC First School.

Strings Classes

Violin Solo – Under-11s: Matthew Forster; Under-13s: Matthew Forster; Under-16s: Matthew Forster.

Cello Solo – Under-11s: Hamish Thompson; Under-13s: Rose McKean.

Solo (any stringed instrument) – Under-18s: Charlotte Kennedy.

Guitar Solo - Under-13s: Constance Metcalf. Guitar Duet – Under-13s: Connor Edgar and Conner Webster. Guitar Ensemble – Under-13s: Hirst Park Strollers. Jeannie Madison Memorial Trophy: Charlotte Kennedy.

Vocal Classes

Vocal Solo – Girls 15 to 18 years: Charlotte Christensen; Boys: Andrew Storey; Oliver Page.

Open Vocal Classes – Operatic Aria: Charlotte Christensen.

Piano Classes

Piano Solo – Under-16s: Ciera Summers; Under-18s: Emily Cheung; Open (baroque or classical): Hannah Kaner; Open (romantic or modern): Hannah Kaner; Peggy Bell Cup: Ben Forster.