Young musicians entertain at Wansbeck Music Festival

THE second part of the Wansbeck Music Festival took place last week.

THE second part of the Wansbeck Music Festival took place last week.

It happened at the three venues of the Sports and Community Centre in Newbiggin, St George’s URC Church in Morpeth and at the Morpeth Methodist Church.

Eileen Elliott, involved in organising the festival, said: “It all went with a swing and we listened to some very talented young players and singers and ended with rousing performances from junior and youth brass bands.

“Our adjudicator was Marilynne Davies, one of the most inspiring adjudicators we have had. She gives great encouragement to the young performers, coupled with expert advice on technique and interpretation.

“Her main studies were piano, voice and cello, but she seems to be an expert on every other instrument as well and even attended a course on steel bands when they began to enter for festivals.”

The final prizewinners’ concert was attended by the Mayor of Morpeth town council, Coun Ken Brown, who presented the Morpeth Town Council Bursary to Charlotte Kennedy.

The Mayor of Newbiggin Town Council, Coun Rebecca McCready, presented the Audrey Stimpson Bursary to Rachel Fairhurst and the Mayor of Ashington Town Council, Coun John McCormack, presented the Elsie Tunney Cup and Bursary to Gillian Irvine.

Also present were the leader of Northumberland County Council, Coun Jeff Reid accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Blyth, Coun Poppy Reid.

Eileen Elliott added: “We are indebted to these councils for the generous grants they have given us towards the considerable costs involved in running the festival.”

Winners in the vocal solo classes were Charlotte Christensen in the girls 15-18 years and Andrew Storey and Oliver Page in the boys. Charlotte Christensen also triumphed in the open vocal classes operatic aria.

In the piano classes, Ciera Summers won the under-16 piano solo, and Emily Cheung the under-18. Open (Baroque or Classical) went to Hannah Kaner, as did the Open (Romantic or Modern).

In the school choirs, the under-seven went to St Aidan’s RC First School. The under-nine was also won by them while the under 13 class went to Chantry Middle School.


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