Performers raring to go at festival

Kettering: Southfield school students who won trophies at the Kettering Eisteddfod 'Front: Ophelia Wilson, Holly Tomlin, and Jessica Nicol,'Centre: Jessica Gordon, Jenna Manners, and Kerry Carr.'Back: Chloe Russell, Catherine Garrod, and Hannah Turney.'Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Kettering: Southfield school students who won trophies at the Kettering Eisteddfod 'Front: Ophelia Wilson, Holly Tomlin, and Jessica Nicol,'Centre: Jessica Gordon, Jenna Manners, and Kerry Carr.'Back: Chloe Russell, Catherine Garrod, and Hannah Turney.'Tuesday, 22 March 2011
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A town’s traditional arts festival – featuring more than 1,000 performers – begins this week.

The 103rd Kettering Eisteddfod is starting on Wednesday and the four-day festival will conclude with a special celebratory performance on Saturday evening.

There are 219 competitive classes split into broad categories for instruments, vocals, speech and drama, and each class will take place at a venue in the town.

The best performers will be selected to take part in the festival’s closing event, which will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel in Rockingham Road, Kettering, on Saturday.

Organisers have said it is all systems go for the event and the final preparations are well under way.

Festival secretary Penny Payne said: “Everyone is really looking forward to the festival starting on Wednesday.

“If you go into many of the schools in the area I’m sure many of the children will be making their final preparations ahead of their performances.

“I hope excitement is building in the town, it’s a wonderful festival and we’re all very excited.

“We hope to see as many locals as we can at the sessions because there will be some real talent on show.”

People can expect performances from a range of genres, including musical recitals and choral work to Bible readings, performances of Shakespeare’s work and music from several instruments over a variety of styles.

Performers of all ages take part in the contests.

One of eisteddfod’s organisers, Belinda Humfrey, is looking forward to the festival starting on Wednesday.

She said: “There will be 1,000 children at least competing and there’s always a tremendous variety of styles on show.

“I find it interesting to see just how much the children enjoy taking part in the festival.

“Each year we see such enthusiasm and the performers relish taking part in the festival.”

The sessions take place in the town in Toller Church in Gold Street, the Salvation Army Citadel and Rockingham Road Baptist Church.

Entry to any of the sessions at the three venues is priced at £1.

Admission for the final concert will cost people £3, and doors open at about 7pm for a 7.15pm start.

KETTERING EISTEDDFOD