Hitting the right notes for Wansbeck festival

Wansbeck Music Festival' Civic Head of Northumberland County Council  Councillor Kath 'Nesbitt presenting Jennifer Murray with the Elsie Tunney Memorial Cup 'for a most outstanding contribution to the Festival.
Wansbeck Music Festival' Civic Head of Northumberland County Council Councillor Kath 'Nesbitt presenting Jennifer Murray with the Elsie Tunney Memorial Cup 'for a most outstanding contribution to the Festival.

Talented pupils were pitch perfect as they showed off their skills in the 102nd Wansbeck Music Festival.

The two-part annual competition was another success as dozens of youngsters demonstrated their flair using a variety of instruments.

The first part of the contest focused on recorder and woodwind classes, marked by adjudicator Philip Dewhurst and held at Morpeth’s St George’s United Reformed Church and Morpeth Methodist Church.

Local students Anita Arris and Christine Macgregor emerged victorious in the Open Woodwind Duet to claim the Mrs Davison Cup.

After a two-week interlude, part two of the festival took place, featuring steel pans, choirs, piano and brass.

The steel pans competition was held at King Edward VI School in Morpeth, with all others held at the YMCA in Ashington. Philip Robinson was the adjudicator.

There were a number of Morpeth competitors among the winners, who performed a grand finale concert at St George’s United Reformed Church.

Festival Chairman Eileen Elliott said: “The festival is most grateful for the generous grants and the support we have received from Morpeth Town Council, the Community Chest, Ashington Town Council and The Potland Trust.”