Music festival returns to home of folk song

Talented young people will be taking part in this year's North Linconshire Music and Drama Festival EMN-150303-063053001
Talented young people will be taking part in this year's North Linconshire Music and Drama Festival EMN-150303-063053001

In the Spring of 1905 Australian composer Percy Grainger heard and recorded Joseph Taylor singing his folk song Brigg Fair.

He made an arrangement of the song for unaccompanied five part chorus.

In 1907, Delius heard the setting and used it for his rhapsody that has made the town famous the world over.

And 110 years on, the event at which the folk song was heard, the North Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival, will again be held in Brigg, starting on Monday, March 9.

Classes for music will be held in St John’s Church up to and including Thursday, March 12, with daytime sessions starting at 9am, afternoon sessions at 2pm and evening sessions at 7pm.

Drama is the following week, with sessions in the Angel Suite.

Children from many of the area’s schools including Brigg, Caistor and Grasby will be taking part.

Market Rasen’s Da Capo Folk Group take part in the Thursday evening session, when Society Chairman Tom Glossop will be singing in the Folk Song Class.

Tuesday evening will see some of The Vale Academy’s talented musicians involved - The Samba Band, Brass Ensemble, and Woodwind Ensemble are sure to provide real quality.

Many took part in the Vale’s Musical production (pictured) last month.

Adjudicator for music is Christina Thomson, an international examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Philip Trump is the Drama Adjudicator; his adjudicating has taken him to festivals in Ireland, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.

Programmes for the festival are available at Grandad’s Shed in Wrawby Street, at £2.