Festival will be event of the century

Wansbeck Music Festival chairman Eileen Elliott with young recorder players from Northumberland Church of England Academy, Central Hirst Park Extended Primary School, Newminster School and Cramlington Learning Village and the deputy mayor Coun Mark Horton, and adjudicator Liz Childs.
Wansbeck Music Festival chairman Eileen Elliott with young recorder players from Northumberland Church of England Academy, Central Hirst Park Extended Primary School, Newminster School and Cramlington Learning Village and the deputy mayor Coun Mark Horton, and adjudicator Liz Childs.
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THE 100th Wansbeck Music Festival got off to a winning start last Thursday.

The festival, opened by the deputy mayor of Morpeth, Mark Horton, will continue from today.

The prize-winners for the first part of the festival, held at St George’s United Reformed Church in Morpeth, included Cramlington Learning Village, Lyria Christensen, Ashleigh Dunning, Tamsin Reed, Eleanor Coaker, Katie Stafford, Jasmine Wilson, Emma Hawkins, Nikia Worth and Georgina Woods.

Joshua Short, Catherine Simpson, Michael Bentham, Clementine Goodings, Anita Arris, Chrissie MacGregor and the Northumberland Church of England Academy’s James Knott Campus in Ashington also picked up prizes.

The second part of the festival, starting today, runs until Sunday.

Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre hosted school choir contests today and will hold a brass festival on Sunday at 9am and 1pm.

Chantry Middle School in Morpeth will host steel bands and a rock band at 5pm today.

Ceilidh musicians will play at St George’s Church tomorrow at 9.30am, followed by advanced piano and vocal classes at 6pm and junior piano and vocal classes on Saturday at 9.30am and 1.15pm.

A closing concert will be held at 6.30pm on Sunday.

Admission for mornings or afternoons is £2 or £3 for both. Evening sessions and concerts cost £3.