Audience left spellbound at Sudbury Arts Festival finale

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Winners: Emily Barlow (Bernard Johnson award for excellence), Shane Baxter (Holmes and Hills award for endeavour) and Amira Appell (Suffolk Free Press award) ANL-160313-184611009
Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Winners: Emily Barlow (Bernard Johnson award for excellence), Shane Baxter (Holmes and Hills award for endeavour) and Amira Appell (Suffolk Free Press award) ANL-160313-184611009

The 94th Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts came to a fantastic finale with a concert at the Ormiston Academy on Sunday.

The Auditorium was full to see the concert, showcasing some of the talented performers from dance, music and speech and drama.

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Venue of Performing Arts, Modern Dance Group ANL-160313-183935009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Venue of Performing Arts, Modern Dance Group ANL-160313-183935009

Performances varied from prose reading and mime to tap, ballet and dance groups.

Lowestoft’s The Venue of Performing Arts’ two amazing performances left the audience spellbound, as did the performance from Stagecoach, Sudbury.

There were also performances from entrants as young as eight, including Oliver Laxton who entertained the audience with his prose reading of Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.

Darrell Barnard-Jones, a student at the Ormiston Academy, enhanced the concert experience with his amusing introduction to the performances.

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Felicity Martin, Tap Dance Solo ANL-160313-184026009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Felicity Martin, Tap Dance Solo ANL-160313-184026009

The Suffolk Free Press Anniversary Cup is given to the most promising performer, aged 15 or under, in music, speech and drama or dance.

This year the award was presented to Amira Appell.

The Bernard Johnson Award, given to an outstanding performer aged 16-25 was presented to Emily Barlow.

The Holmes & Hills Award for Endeavour - given to a student entering the Festival who has continued with their performing arts studies despite personal difficulties, made great progress in these studies during the year or used their performing arts skills to the benefit of the community - was presented to Shane Baxter.

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Kacey Spearman, Classical Ballet Solo ANL-160313-184049009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Kacey Spearman, Classical Ballet Solo ANL-160313-184049009

Chair of the Festival, Jan Osborne, said: “The Festival had been a resounding success, full of wonderful dancing, singing, music and drama.

“The ethos of the Festival is to not only enable people from all age groups to showcase their particular talent, but also to help our young people build on their character and confidence for the future.

“It is very important that the Festival continues for many more years to come. The Festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers but if it is to continue to thrive it needs more members.”

Anybody interested in volunteering should contact Jan Osborne on 01787 466096 or email moonriverjan@gmail.com.

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Ralph Mann, Solo Acting ANL-160313-184209009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Ralph Mann, Solo Acting ANL-160313-184209009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Amira Appell, Girls' Vocal Solo ANL-160313-184355009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Amira Appell, Girls' Vocal Solo ANL-160313-184355009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Venue of Performing Arts, Song and Dance Group ANL-160313-184447009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Venue of Performing Arts, Song and Dance Group ANL-160313-184447009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Emily Barlow, Songs from the shows ANL-160313-184532009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Emily Barlow, Songs from the shows ANL-160313-184532009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert

Pictured: Stagecoach Sudbury, Youth Choir ANL-160313-184557009

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts - Festival Concert Pictured: Stagecoach Sudbury, Youth Choir ANL-160313-184557009