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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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South Cumbria Musical Festival - opening day

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well done Members of the St Pius X Catholic School junior brass ensemble celebrating their results in the South Cumbria Musical Festival. From left, clockwise, Jakob Nelson, Jaiden Payne, Samuel Mann, Liam Richardson, Naomi Nugent, Kayla Wager, Asha Fitzsimons and Jessica Moscrop JON GRANGER REF: 50045910B000

Day 2: Young orators take to Ulverston stage
Day 3: Young pianists find their forte
Day 4: All the young dudes carry the festival tunes
Day 5: Grand finale to excellent South Cumbria Music Festival

ONE of this year’s special guest adjudicators has been singing the praises of local performers after the opening day of the South Cumbria Musical Festival.

Composer Leigh Baker said “the wealth of talent in the very young seems to be oozing from every cobble” following Sunday’s performances.

The 37th annual celebration of music and speech began with entrants in the brass solos, groups and bands sections taking to the Coronation Hall’s stage.

Ulverston’s Henry Moss announced himself as one of the festival’s stars by winning the Kimberly-Clark Shield and Bursary for Young Brass Instrumentalist.

The young musician had earlier taken out two categories – The Brian Judge Shield and South Cumbria Musical Festival Award – with scores of 92 and 88.

James Madden was awarded the James M Fryer Memorial Shield for best solo after impressing with his euphonium playing in the Dalton Town Band.

Drigg’s Mary Wake received the Robert J Lacey Memorial Plate for most promising young brass competitor and Burnside Brass Band took out both the main brass band and entertainment class sections.

Another of the big winners was St Pius X Catholic School in Barrow, which created history when it became the first school ever to win the Junior Brass Ensemble category.

The school’s music leader Peter Mills said it was a wonderful achievement for the eight members.

“It was the first time we’d been in it and we won,” he said. “We were obviously up against a lot of county bands and we’re actually the first school in the competition’s history to win it.”

Mr Mills said he knew the young band – comprising five girls and three boys from years four and five – was good, but was not necessarily expecting them to win.

“We’d only started performing in the last year and they were pretty nervous beforehand, but they played really well,” he said.

The festival’s chairman, Keith Butcher, said: “Gala Night, as usual, will be held on Saturday at 7.30pm and once again promises to be a very entertaining evening, showcasing the festival winners of the week, together with local talent.”

Tickets for the Gala Evening are available from the Coronation Hall by calling 07773 403686.

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