The quality of music at the North Lincolnshire Festival held in Brigg has impressed adjudicator Elizabeth Childs.
And leading the way was Market Rasen group Da Capo.
“That you love performing came across strongly,” she told the group.
“It was a well presented programme, really good part singing in the last song and a joy to watch and listen to you - you have made my day.”
The group played three songs, all of which told a story in folk song style.
Black Jack Davey, The Wife of Usher’s Well and Coaltown Days all earned warm applause.
Society Chairman Tom Glossop also took part in the ‘Folk Song’ class.
“You told the story in your piece with lots of naturalness and it was a really enjoyable listen,” said Mrs Childs.
Sir John Nelthorpe School Choir also impressed, singing the African Folk Song ‘Si Si Si’ to drum accompaniment.
“There were lots of happy faces enjoying singing,” said Mrs Childs.
“I loved the drum accompaniment it added to the colour.
“Singing publicly outside school is a vital part of choir development. There was a lovely blend to your songs.”
Taking the primary school’s 1st prize was Brigg County Primary with another impressive performance on the platform.
Mrs Childs praised the standard of entries and the spirit of the festival as the first week drew to a close, but hit out at those schools who did not join in.
“The standard of the music has been good, but I urge all schools, not just a few, to release children to come and take part in what is an educational event,” she said.
“This is an opportunity to develop ‘life skills’ such as confidence.”
And the Brigg District Lions £100 Scholarship Bursary, to further music studies, was awarded to Oliver Charles-Lee.
The Vale Academy student excelled in winning two classes at the festival, one for piano playing and the other for his woodwind solo.
The Festival Concert, featuring many of the winning performers, takes place this Saturday, April 5, at The Vale Academy starting at 6pm.
The presentation of trophies takes place at the end of the concert.