Caroline claims top award at music fest

Musician Caroline Bassett from  Caistor who will attend the European Youth Summer School at St Catherine's College Guildford later this year. EMN-150324-113758001
Musician Caroline Bassett from Caistor who will attend the European Youth Summer School at St Catherine's College Guildford later this year. EMN-150324-113758001

A Caistor teenager has taken the top award as the 95th North Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival came to a climax.

Caroline Bassett, a student at Caistor Grammar School, will attend the European Youth Summer School at St Catherine’s College Guildford later this year.

Oliver Charles-Lee who won the North Lincolnshire Shield as the Most Promising Musician. EMN-150326-210407001

Oliver Charles-Lee who won the North Lincolnshire Shield as the Most Promising Musician. EMN-150326-210407001

She also receives £300 from a European Summer School Award and an additional £200 from a Brigg Lions Bursary.

Her outstanding violin playing impressed Society Chairman Tom Glossop and his committee.

“Caroline was a worthy winner of the award and she impressed everyone including our adjudicator Christina Thomson,” said Mr Glossop.

“She was outstanding and of course we thank all our sponsors of awards and bursaries for their generosity.”

Caroline, Leader of the Lincolnshire Youth Symphony Orchestra, is taught by Paul Warmoth of Caistor.

“Paul is a very good teacher,” said Caroline.

“He takes so much care and makes it so enjoyable. I am sure the summer school will be a great experience.”

In total, Brigg Rotary Club and Brigg Lions Club contributed £600 in awards.

Shannon Smith who took part in the Strings Quartet section took the other Brigg Lions Award.

The Brigg Rotary Bursaries went to Gabriel Snowdon and Ben George who each received £100 to further their music studies.

Stephanie Garratt won the Katie Graham Trophy as the Most Promising Singer, while Izzy Dickson won the Angel Warmoth Trophy as the Most Promising Cellist. Oliver Charles-Lee won the North Lincolnshire Shield as the Most Promising Musician.

The Drama section of the Festival saw high praise from Drama Adjudicator Philip Thrupp who said: “Brigg’s festival is in a relatively small town but we had some wonderful performances.

“One I particularly remember is that of Julian Plunkett in the ‘Monologue’ class. He scored the highest marks.

“But what stood out was not just the quality of the performers but the atmosphere at the festival where it seemed everyone was enjoying themselves so much.

“This festival is one that clearly continues to thrive.”

This year’s festival ended with the Festival Concert, when many of the star performers played to a packed Westmoor Hall in The Vale Academy.

The singing of Jerusalem and the presentation of the Festival Awards concluded the evening.

And in five years time it will be the centenary of the festival - and after this year’s event there is much to look forward to.