Steel yourselves for part two of annual festival

The Wansbeck Music Festival opens at St Geoge's United Reformed Church with local pupils joined by Mayor Joan Tebbutt and adjudicator Philip Dewhurst.'REF 1403145011
The Wansbeck Music Festival opens at St Geoge's United Reformed Church with local pupils joined by Mayor Joan Tebbutt and adjudicator Philip Dewhurst.'REF 1403145011
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THE 102nd Wansbeck Music Festival is under way.

The event, which is in two parts, has already seen young musicians compete in recorder and woodwind classes earlier this month, and from today the second stint takes place.

The festival was opened at St George’s United Reformed Church in Morpeth by Mayor Joan Tebbutt.

The recorder and woodwind adjudicator was Philip Dewhurst, who also conducted an informal recorder workshop.

Festival Chairman Eileen Elliott said: “We thoroughly enjoyed his visit and he was most impressed with the high quality playing from all the performers in the woodwind classes.”

Morpeth pair Anita Arris and Christine Macgregor won the Mrs Davison Cup for the Open Woodwind Duet.

The second part of the festival begins at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School today with the steel pans competition, from 5.30pm.

All other classes will be held at the YMCA in Ashington, starting with school choirs at 9.30am tomorrow, followed by piano and brass on Saturday.

The adjudicator for Part 2 will be Philip Robinson.

The finale will be the Prizewinners’ Concert at St George’s United Reformed Church on Sunday, at 6.30pm.