Performers ready for huge festival

Kettering Eisteddfod Salvation Army Citadel Woodwind Solo: Jessica Haig, Jenny Espin and Elena Wilson.'16/03/11

Kettering Eisteddfod Salvation Army Citadel Woodwind Solo: Jessica Haig, Jenny Espin and Elena Wilson.'16/03/11

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Thousands of performers are readying themselves for an arts festival that celebrates culture and entertainment in the county.

Now in its 103rd year, Kettering Eisteddfod, which attracts performers from across the region, is taking place from Wednesday to Saturday, March 14 to March 17.

There are 219 competitive classes in the festival, split into broad categories for instruments, vocals, speech, and drama.

The standout performers will be part of a final showpiece concert to be held at the Salvation Army Citadel, in Rockingham Road, Kettering, on the Saturday.

The event’s secretary, Penny Payne, said: “It’s part of the heritage of the town as its been a wonderful festival for so long.

“It’s lovely to see the children performing with such enthusiasm.

“I think it’s a lovely way for people to spend their day as there’s such a variety of performances on offer.

“Preparations are well under way and we’re looking forward to the start of the festival.”

Performances range from musical recitals and choral work to Bible readings, performances of Shakespeare’s work and music from several instruments from a wide range of people of all ages.

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

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

Admission for the final celebration concert is priced at £3.

KETTERING EISTEDDFOD