Music maestros from schools across the region were applauded for their performances during the opening week of the North Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival in Brigg
Ebony Gladding from Brigg, who attends The Vale Acadamy, won the Solo Singing for Girls aged 11. She has a bigger date later this month when instead of singing before a handful at the festival, she will take part in ‘Team Star’ Regional Finals at Sheffield City Hall, appearing before hundreds on a stage recently graced by stars such as Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe.
Here the audience was more modest but there was high praise from adjudicator Margaret Smith.
She said: “You were securely in tone and showed a lovely interpretation of the words as well as a nice sense of tone.
“You communicated real feelings of the song –‘Castle on a Cloud’ by Hal Leonard.”
Sisters Thalia Burr, 10, and Neijanah Burr, 9, from St Mary’s Academy took first and second in the 8/9 Years solo singing.
Choirs from across the area turned out with St Mary’s Academy, Brigg County Primary, North Kelsey Primary and All Saints Grasby singing their hearts out.
All Saints Grasby scored 167 just beating North Kelsey on 166 in the village school choir section.
St. Mary’s particularly impressed in the town section with 166 marks.
There was also success for students of Caistor Church of England Methodist Primary School.
Taught by Angela Warmoth, the team of Katie Robey,Frankie Shepherd,Mayer McCann and Martha Cornell won the primary schools Unison Strings class.
Adjudicator Margaret Smith said: “They were clearly the best in the group and played with real confidence and assurance. They are developing good technique.”
The team of Lea Finch,Isaac Cornell,Pearl McCann, Grace Leshorne-Niblock and Charlotte Davey came second.
Margaret Smith said she had thoroughly enjoyed her week of adjudication in the town.
“I came here several years ago and it is a very good festival.
“There has been good piano playing and instrumentals,there is clearly a lot of good teaching going on. Children get a big kick out of performing here.
“It is a very well run festival and always a pleasure to be here.”
The 93rd Music and Drama Festival is not all about about winners and losers-far from it! It is about taking part in an event that shaped Brigg’s heritage and if some of the classes were thin in numbers, the quality was always evident. Above all the festival in its first week was about making music in all its forms and enjoying yourself.