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Festival reaches climax

PUBLISHED: 15:06 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 July 2010

THREE events are scheduled to mark the end of the St. Andrew's Competitive Festival, Gorleston.

On Friday March 14, at 7.30pm, the senior concert will take place in the Chapter House, St.

THREE events are scheduled to mark the end of the St. Andrew's Competitive Festival, Gorleston.

On Friday March 14, at 7.30pm, the senior concert will take place in the Chapter House, St. Andrew's Church, Gorleston, when successful competitors will perform their winning entries once again and receive their awards.

On Saturday afternoon, March 15, the junior concert will be held at Lynn Grove High School, starting at 2pm. Tony Mallion of BBC Radio Norfolk, will compere the event and the Mayor, Councillor Paul Garrod, will present the trophies to the winning competitors.

Saturday evening, at 7pm in the Chapter House, sees the last of the Festival Awards being competed for by advanced students of grades seven and eight or above, in front of a panel of three professional adjudicators.

These two coveted awards are for the Recital Class and the Bircham Award of Festival Musician of the Year, for which the two winners will receive both a trophy and cash award of £100.

The Recital Award and Balfour Trophy for the Recital Competition Winner are awarded in memory of David Balfour, former headmaster of the Hospital School, for many years associated with music in the town, and also a long-serving member of St. Andrew's Church Choir.

The Bircham Award and Trophy for the Festival Musician of the Year are awarded annually in memory of William Bircham, for many years a prominent Yarmouth music teacher, and benefactor of the Competitive Festival.

The three adjudicators for the Recital and Bircham Award Evening will be Vivianne Ronchetti, who is a violin professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, junior department, and an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, Jonathan Beatty, who is currently a vocal coach at the Guildhall School, and the chairman of the panel, Kenneth Hytch, former Director of Music at Wymondham College, who has over 30 years experience of conducting many musical societies, and working with international soloists.

Admission to each of the three events is £2.50 for adults, payable on the door, with accompanied children free.

Photographs will be taken at all three events by the Festival photographer and they will be on display in the Chapter House on Saturday April 5, between 10am - 2pm, when orders will be taken.

Further details of the Festival may be found on the website at www.gorlestonfestival.org .

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