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Pupils from schools across Great Yarmouth area dazzle at Gorleston Competitive Festival

PUBLISHED: 19:14 19 March 2017 | UPDATED: 19:14 19 March 2017

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

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This year’s Gorleston Competitive Festival has been declared a great success again with double the number of entries entertaining audiences.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

The event lasted four days at Magdalen Way Methodist Church.

The first day saw children perform in the school choirs.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

Along with Statement, the Lowestoft Choral then performed four part harmonies and Flegg High School also entertained with two very competent performances.

The instrumental day saw performances by recorder and guitar ensembles.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

A first for the new festival venue were performances from two large ensembles, one from St Mary and St Peter’s Catholic Primary school and then Great Yarmouth Music Schools Orchestra, both under the direction of Rachel Salton.

The day continued with performances from beginner instrumentalists playing guitars, violins, under the keen instruction of Lisa Bullen followed by woodwind.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

The beginners and “beyond beginners” piano was enjoyed by all.

The graded playing order gave everyone a sense of what the beginners are aiming for.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

Lolo Wynans finished off the evening.

The festival continued with the River Island Folk Band followed by a more classical selection from the Shifting Sands String Quartet.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

The church was then filled with the sound of singing from the older festival contestants.

The vocal solo day saw many children come from Ormesby Junior School under the direction of Lisa White-Joubert.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

The festival committee were pleased to welcome students from St Felix School in Southwold.

Alison Corfield, who is the director of the Norfolk Schools Music Hub, visited the festival and adjudicated singing.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

A spokesman for the event said: “The committee’s thanks goes to all the competitors in this year’s festival, as they made the whole event a very enjoyable experience.”

The committee hopes next year will have a competitive art competition.

A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival.
Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival A participating school in the Gorleston Competitive Festival. Picture: Gorleston Competitive Festival

The committee festival says it is open to offers of financial support in order to keep the prestigious event running for the next 46 years and keeping music alive in Gorleston.

Visit GorlestonFestival.org for more details on how to take part and support the competitive festival.

2017 Trophies

Wednesday

Gwen Reynolds Cup – Ormesby Infant School

Talbot Happy Cup – Homefield Primary School

St Andrews Festival Cup (Junior Choirs) – Ormesby Junior School

Galliard Trophy for Choirs – open – Lowestoft Choral

Margaret Gunn Memorial Trophy – church choir – Flegg High School

Barbara Gunn Memorial Trophy – church choir with band – Statement

Gospel Trophy – Statement

Thursday

GF Infant Ensemble Star – Wroughton Infant Academy

St Andrews Consort Cup - unaccompanied recorder – Ormesby Junior School

GF Junior Ensemble Trophy – St Mary’s and St Peter’s Catholic School

St Andrews Junior String Ensemble – Alburgh & Denton Primary School

St Andrews Cup – Senior Orchestra – GYSMO

William Bircham Guitar Trophy – Phil Hawkins & Francesca Sayer

St Andrews Junior Strings Trophy – Skye Williams & Yasmin Carey

St Andrews Junior Woodwind Cup – Holly Bennington

Elaine Garvey Memorial Trophy for Junior Piano – Aleta Rose

GF Intermediate Piano Trophy – Emma Smith

Galliard Piano Trophy – Lolo Wynans

Tutti Folk Trophy – River Hundred Folk Band

St Andrews Chamber Music Trophy – Shifting Sands String Quartet

Instrumental Duet Trophy – Claire Moore & Margaret Crawley

Senior Recital Award – Bircham – Lolo Wynans

Galliard Rose Bowl – Neville Rowell

Ron Betts Cup for Foreign Song – Ellie Clogan

William Gunn Memorial Trophy – trad song – Delphine Desborough & Joanna Barfield

Friday

GF Junior Beginner Vocal Show Trophy – Megan Bowler

St Andrews Junior Trophy for Musical Theatre (Int) – Shanté Joubert

GF Junior Intermediate Classical Vocal Trophy – Charlie Vipers

Bob Sweetman Memorial Trophy – Brooke Smith

GF Senior Intermediate Vocal Pop Cup – Chloe Hillier

GF Senior Advanced Vocal Pop Cup – Emma Clayton

GF Senior Intermediate Vocal Show Trophy – Joshua Howard

GF Senior Advanced Vocal Show Trophy – Brooke Smith

Gilbert & Sullivan Society Trophy – Emma Smith

St Andrews Adult Trophy for Popular Song – Jude Penstone

Saturday

St Andrews Cup for Musical Theatre – Sarah Cameron

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