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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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South Cumbria Music Festival - Sounds like success

ORGANISERS of the 37th annual South Cumbria Musical Festival have declared it a “resounding success” after it attracted a record number of entrants in many categories.

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GIFTED Jess Gillam of Ulverston, winner of the Evening Mail Young Musician of the Year Award MILTON HAWORTH REF:50046182B003

The event concluded on Saturday with the adult vocals classes in the morning before the gala performance evening brought down the curtain on the week-long festival.

Performers Robert and Connor O’Hara from Ulverston and Alastair Rae from Allithwaite took out six categories between them in the vocals sections.

Vocal adjudicator, Graham Trew took the opportunity to provide all competitors with some tips to improve their performances.

Chairman Keith Butcher said this year saw an unprecedented number of bands, groups and choirs taking part.

He said: “We had an increase in brass competitors overall, both with individuals and with bands, culminating in 16 bands and ensembles taking part in a fantastic evening’s entertainment on Sunday.

“On piano day, although the entries were slightly down on last year, the standard of playing was very high. Our adjudicator, John Foster, said there was some fine playing with a good sense of style being developed.

“Children’s choral classes saw another big increase in entries, so much so that we had to accommodate them over two sessions instead of the usual evening session.

“Gala night was held as usual on Saturday and rounded off the week admirably with superb performances from the Furness Music Centre Orchestra and vocal soloists Claire Eadington and Naomi Tarr, together with festival winners from throughout the week.”

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