Performances at Kettering Eisteddfod reached ‘very high standards’

Kettering’s annual Eisteddfod, a festival of speech and drama, celebrated its 107th year with closely-fought competitions culminating in a concert by many of the class winners.

The Eisteddfod saw performers of all ages battle for trophies, shields and certificates across the disciplines of speech, drama, singing and instrumental music.

Competitions were held at venues across the town centre with adjudications in more than 140 different classes ranging from solos to choirs.

The youngest entrant was five years old with more than a 60-year gap to the oldest at 67.

Festival secretary Penny Payne said: “All four visiting adjudicators commented on the standards being reached at Kettering, especially the singers who are being taught to a very high level.

“Numbers taking part in the music classes were definitely up but we always welcome even more entries and we’re currently planning for the Eisteddfod in March 2016.”

She added: “The celebratory concert was lovely, showing off a whole range of talented winners.”

Special awards were presented at the evening concert in 22 categories to recognise achievements in different classes and genres.

Pupils from St Peter’s School, Kettering, took part in the competitions.

Headteacher Maria Chapman said: “It is great to see a few more schools involved this year because it is a great way of ensuring that local arts and culture are kept alive in our local area.

“Our pupils relish the challenge and discipline of working towards the competition.”

Chairman of the Kettering and District Eisteddfod committee Chris Jervis said: “It went very smoothly and it was a pleasure to sit through so many wonderful sessions, some with first-time competitors, others who are stars in the making.”

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