Festival ends on a musical high note

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A festival featuring more than 1,000 performers culminated in final celebratory concert at the weekend.

Organisers of the 103rd Kettering Eisteddfod, who took place from Wednesday to Saturday last week, hailed the quality of performances at this year’s contest.

Standout performers in each session have been honoured with special medals.

Hundreds of talented performers entered the competition in the broad categories of speech, drama, vocals, and instrumental.

Penny Payne, festival secretary, said: “We have had four excellent days and it was finished with such a rousing final performance on Saturday.

“The room was filled with such enthusiastic people.

“There has been some wonderful performances this year, when I was at the choir session on Saturday morning the adjudicators were choked as to the quality of the performances.

“The children seemed to really enjoy taking part and it gives them confidence to take their performing further.

“Not everyone can win the sessions of course, but the adjudicators give constructive feedback to each individual.

“Overall, it was a lovely concert and I’d like to thank the various schools and parents who have encouraged their children to take part.”

The final concert was opened and closed by choir The Seagrave Singers, and featured performances ranging from recitals and singing to instrumentals.

The organisers are wasting little time to organise next year’s festival, with a meeting to discuss early plans to take place next week.

Entry for next year’s event is expected to open in the autumn.

Kettering & District Eisteddfod full results 2012 in today’s newspaper