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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Ulverston music festival director will vie for award

A PIANIST who has helped bring some of the biggest names in classical music to his home town has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston Award.

Do you know someone who lives, works, or has a strong connection to Ulverston who you think deserves an award? Click here to nominate them

Anthony Hewitt, the artistic director of the annual Ulverston International Music Festival, has been put forward in the citizen of the year category sponsored by the North-West Evening Mail.

He said: “I’m obviously very honoured and grateful for the nomination and it’s nice to be recognised.

“It’s not just me, there is a whole team who do a lot to bring music of a high quality to Ulverston.”

The highlight of this year’s festival, the eleventh, saw renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti play to a packed audience at the Coronation Hall as part of the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk trio.

The night also marked Mr Hewitt’s debut as a conductor, at the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony no 2 in D major.

Mr Hewitt proclaimed the ten-day event the “best ever” and said winning a Heart of Ulverston award would be the perfect end to the year.

He said: “We were able to bring Nicola Benedetti and the trio to the Coronation Hall and I was conducting and overall I think we did a really good job of promoting it.

“It was really well organised and with the quality of performances I think it was one of the best.”

The Ulverston born 43-year-old attended St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Ulverston Victoria High School before leaving to attend Yehudi Menuhin School, a specialist music school.

Mr Hewitt said he always enjoys returning to his home town with his fellow musicians: “I’m proud of the beauty of Ulverston and I wanted to bring my friends here to play and to show people in Ulverston the music that is available.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: citizen of the year; young citizen of the year; parent or guardian; best community group; teacher of the year; sports volunteer; carer; the courage award; environmental award; enterprise and a lifetime achievement award.

Visit the Evening Mail website to fill out a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is July 12.

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