Festival ends on a high

Mayor of Morpeth, Mr Ken Brown presenting the Morpeth Town Council Bursary to Charlotte Kennedy, a Year 13 pupil at King Edward VI School, Morpeth, to enable her to attend the European Youth Music Summer School at Haileybury in early August.
Mayor of Morpeth, Mr Ken Brown presenting the Morpeth Town Council Bursary to Charlotte Kennedy, a Year 13 pupil at King Edward VI School, Morpeth, to enable her to attend the European Youth Music Summer School at Haileybury in early August.

AN annual Morpeth musical extravaganza ended on a high note with a rousing concert finale.

The second part of the Wansbeck Music Festival has now concluded following sessions in St George’s United Reformed Church and Morpeth Methodist Church, as well as the Sports and Community Centre in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Competitions covered a range of instruments and there were prizes for soloists, choirs, ensembles and bands.

Festival Chairman Eileen Elliott 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 Mrs Marilynne Davies. She is one of the most inspiring adjudicators that we have had and gives great encouragement to the young performers, coupled with expert advice on technique and interpretation.

“Her main studies were piano, voice and cello, but indeed 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 festivals.”

The final prizewinners’ concert attracted an array of civic dignitaries from Morpeth, Newbiggin, Ashington and Blyth. Northumberland County Council Leader Jeff Reid was also in attendance.

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

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

Local winners from the second part of the festival are as follows.

Woodwind Ensemble. Under 18: Emma’s Oboes.

School Choirs. Songs, Under 13: Chantry Middle School; Hymn, Under 13: Chantry Middle School.

String Classes. Violin Solo, Under 11: Matthew Forster; Under 13: Matthew Forster; Under 16: Matthew Forster; Cello Solo, Under 11: Hamish Thompson; Under 13: Rose McKean; Solo, Any Stringed Instrument, Under 18: Charlotte Kennedy; Jeannie Madison Memorial Trophy: Charlotte Kennedy.

Vocal Classes. Vocal Solo, Girls, 15-18 years: Charlotte Christensen; Operatic Aria: Charlotte Christensen.

Piano Classes. Piano Solo, Under 16: Ciera Summers; Under 18: Emily Cheung; Open (Baroque or Classical): Hannah Kaner; Open (Romantic or Modern): Hannah Kaner; Peggy Bell Cup: Ben Forster.

Elsie Tunney Memorial Cup and Bursary: Gillian Irvine MBE.

Morpeth Town Council Bursary: Charlotte Kennedy.