Music festival makes a tuneful start

Morpeth Mayor Ken Brown officially opens the Wansbeck Music Festival at St George's United Reformed Church at Morpeth with the help of Festival Chairman Eileen Elliott and local schoolchildren from local schools including Ashington's Hirst Park Middle School, Northumberland C of E Academy at Ashington and Morpeth's Newminster Middle School.
Morpeth Mayor Ken Brown officially opens the Wansbeck Music Festival at St George's United Reformed Church at Morpeth with the help of Festival Chairman Eileen Elliott and local schoolchildren from local schools including Ashington's Hirst Park Middle School, Northumberland C of E Academy at Ashington and Morpeth's Newminster Middle School.
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MUSICIANS are gearing up for the second part of an annual competition after completing the first section last week.

The first part of Wansbeck Music Festival proved as popular as ever.

Now organisers of the annual event are preparing for the next stage to take place from Thursday, March 31, to Saturday, April 2, with sessions starting at 9.30am, 1pm and 6.30pm.

Admission is £2 per session for morning or afternoon, combined is £3, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening sessions are £3.

Results from Wansbeck Music Festival part one: Recorder classes – Descant Solo: Tamsin Reed (under 9); Connie Metcalf (under 11); Shoam Backe (under 13). Treble Solo: Tamsin Reed (under 9); Ashleigh Dunning (under 11); Shoam Backe (under 13). Tenor Solo: Ashleigh Dunning (under 11); Shoam Backe (under 13). Any Solo: Chloe Corrigan (under 16). Millennium Plate: Laura Quinn (under 11); Kaitlyn Robison (under 13). Ede Trophy: Chloe Corrigan.

Woodwind classes – Flute Solo: Georgina Woods (under 11); Holly Rushton (under 13); Catherine Simpson (under 16). Clarinet Solo: Ashleigh Dunning (under 11). Oboe Solo: Rebecca Lawson (under 16). Saxaphone Solo: Charlotte Adamson (under 14); Jonathon Diggins (under 16). Any Solo: Clementine Goodings (under 18); Charlotte Christensen (open). Woodwind Duet: Ayesha and Dean Clark (open). Woodwind Ensemble: Chantry Middle School Ensemble (under 13). Normanton Barron Memorial Cup: Jonathon Diggins.

Steel Band: Chantry Steel (under 13).

Vocal classes – Vocal Solo: Quinn Gascoigne (boys and girls under 11); Chloe Dodds (girls 11 to 14); Charlotte Christensen (girls 15 to 18); Fraser Gascoigne (boys 11 to 14); Andrew Storey (boys 15 to 18).

Piano classes – Piano Solo: Ben Forster (under 9, under 11 and under 13); Ciera Summers (under 16; Emily Cheung (under 18). Piano Duet: Rebecca Lawson and Emily Cheung (under 18). Peggy Bell Cup: Ben Forster.

Visit www.wansbeckmusicfestival.co.uk for more details and a list of venues.