In tune with the music makers

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.

TOP talent was on display at a Morpeth musical extravaganza — and the second part is still to come.

A range of singers and musicians showed off their skills in part one of the Wansbeck Musical Festival earlier this month, which was held at venues around the town.

And local performers were listed throughout the prize-winners.

Now others are tuning up for part two, which runs from Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 2.

The opening event for choirs is in Newbiggin by the Sea sports centre, but the action returns to Morpeth Methodist Church in the evening for the open vocal and male voice choir sections.

Both of the Friday morning and afternoon classes for strings will be held in St George’s United Reformed Church, with the Methodist Church taking over for the evening woodwind ensembles and advanced piano.

The brass competitions take place in St George’s on the Saturday, and the prize-winners concert will be held there in the evening.

The adjudicator will be Marilynne Davies.

Sessions begin at 9.30am, 1pm and 6.30pm. Tickets for morning or afternoon classes cost £2 each, or £3 for the day, while evening tickets cost £3 each.

The local part one winners are as follows.

Recorder. Descant recorder solo, under 13: Shoam Backe; Treble recorder solo, under 13: Shoam Backe; Tenor recorder solo, under 13: Shoam Backe; Solo any recorder, under 16: Chloe Corrigan; Millennium Plate, Ede Trophy: Chloe Corrigan.

Woodwind. Flute solo, under 13: Holly Rushton; Flute solo, under 16: Catherine Simpson; Clarinet solo, under 13: Sophia Large; Clarinet solo, under 16: Abigail Somers; Oboe solo, under 16: Rebecca Lawson; Solo any woodwind instrument, under 18: Clementine Goodings; Solo any woodwind instrument, open: Charlotte Christensen; Woodwind duet, open: Ayesha and Dean Clark; Woodwind ensemble, under 13: Chantry Middle School Ensemble.

Steel Band. Under 13: Chantry Steel.

Vocal. Vocal solo, boys and girls, under 11: Quinn Gascoigne; Girls, 15 to 18 years: Charlotte Christensen; Boys, 11 to 14 years: Fraser Gascoigne.

Piano. Piano solo, under nine: Ben Forster; Piano solo, under 11: Ben Forster; Piano solo, under 13: Ben Forster; Piano solo, under 18: Emily Cheung; Piano duet, under 18: Rebecca Lawson and Emily Cheung; Peggy Bell Cup: Ben Forster.