Festival has it all from ocarinas to the Bard

Members of Corby Business Academy band
Members of Corby Business Academy band

Bible readings, Shakespeare recitals, ocarina playing and brass solos are just some of the many classes being contested at this year’s Kettering Eisteddfod.

The four-day arts festival kicked off in the town yesterday with a series of performances from talented youngsters.

Some of the 219 classes started yesterday, with stand-out performers in line to be selected to play at the festival’s final show this year.

About 1,000 performers will be taking part in the festival, which is now in its 103rd year.

Parents, headteachers and members of the public went along to Toller Church, in Gold Street, to watch poem recitals by youngsters yesterday afternoon.

Llasmin Chaine, 37, of Geddington, was at the church to watch her son, Gabriel, eight, take part in yesterday’s competition.

She said: “He’s really excited to take part, it’s his fourth Eisteddfod and he’s done really well in the past.

“He’s put in a lot of practice over the last few weeks.

“It makes me proud watching and its lovely to see all of the different kids competing in the festival.”

Rothwell Victoria Infant school had 16 pupils from Year 4 at yesterday’s poem recital.

Headteacher Lee Hurling said: “We came to the Eisteddfod last year and a lot of the children who took part last year wanted to do it again this time round.

“A lot of practice has gone in and there’s a lot of excitement around the school.

“It’s good for their self-esteem and gives them something to work towards.”

The sessions take place in the 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.

Margaret Read, secretary for the speech and drama category, said: “There’s a lot of people down here but we’d love to see more members of the public.

“Our final event is wonderful value for money and will be a great night.”

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