Hundreds take part in annual music festival

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Hundreds of young people have been hitting the right notes at an annual music festival.

The 22nd Wellingborough Rotary Music Festival began last Wednesday and has been running daily at venues across the borough, including The Castle theatre, Wellingborough School, Wollaston School and All Saints Church in Wellingborough.

The finals took place yesterday and the final night of the festival, featuring the groups, will take place today at Wrenn School in Wellingborough.

The festival is run by Wellingborough Rotary Club and is open to young people aged six to 18 years.

Rotarian John Higgs said more than 600 youngsters had taken part in the festival this year and the standard of performances had been impressive.

Mr Higgs said: “The quality is tremendous, the musicianship of these young people is astounding.

“I never cease to be amazed by the dedication of the youngsters and what good they are doing.”

Some of the winners at this year’s festival include Leighfield Primary School, Uppingham, which took first prize in the junior choir section, with Grendon Primary School and Freeman’s Endowed School with St Barnabas in joint second place.

Wellingborough School Friday Singers won the senior choirs category.

Kilburn Kingfisher won the junior vocal ensemble class and Wellingborough School Barbershop Quartet won the senior vocal ensemble category.

Stanwick Superstrings won first place in the junior instrumental ensemble category and WM+AC Brass Buttons and the Hatton Brass Monkeys each won first prize in the two intermediate instrumental ensemble categories.

The festival classes include strings, brass, woodwind, organ, piano, guitar, percussion, instrumental duets and ensembles.

Other classes include vocal solos and duets, choirs, instrumental groups and conducting.

Winners in all of the solo instrumental classes, excluding recital classes, qualified for yesterday’s finals, as well as all of the winners in the vocal solo classes.

Two of the musicians were named as young musician of the year – one for instrumental and one for vocal.