Pupils from schools across Great Yarmouth area dazzle at Gorleston Competitive Festival
PUBLISHED: 19:14 19 March 2017 | UPDATED: 19:14 19 March 2017
This year’s Gorleston Competitive Festival has been declared a great success again with double the number of entries entertaining audiences.
The event lasted four days at Magdalen Way Methodist Church.
The first day saw children perform in the school choirs.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
St Andrews Cup for Musical Theatre – Sarah Cameron