Wellingborough Music Festival begins

Sam Williams, Andrew Gilyead, Sarah Green, Michael Ryan and Bethany Mayes at last year's festival
Sam Williams, Andrew Gilyead, Sarah Green, Michael Ryan and Bethany Mayes at last year's festival
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More than 300 youngster will take part in an annual music festival this week and next, which is held to unearth talented young musicians.

The 23rd Wellingborough Rotary Music Festival starts at Wollaston School today, Friday, March 1.

The aim of the competition is to find the Rotary young instrumentalist of the year and the Rotary young vocalist of the year.

It’s also designed to provide talented youngsters with a platform to perform in a competitive situation.

Performances will also take place at Wollaston School, and at Wrenn and Wellingborough schools from Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, when the solo finals will take place and some of the winners will be announced.

Rotarian Stephen Ostler said: “We’ve had a large number of entries, from soloists to large instrumental groups.

“We’ve got children aged from seven years old to 18. There’s a tremendous bed of talent. We’ve got seven adjudicators, who are all top musicians.

“Every year teachers work hard to prepare their pupils for the music festival.”

An awards presentation and a concert performed by all the winners will take place at The Castle theatre, in Wellingborough, at 7pm on March 18.

The competition is divided into four age groups; a junior group for youngsters aged between six and 10, two intermediate groups for those aged between 11 and 14, and a senior group for competitors aged between 15 and 18-years-old.

Classes cover piano, brass, vocal, woodwind, strings, choirs and ensembles.

Tickets for the festival concerts are available from The Castle’s box office on 01933 270007.