Emotions high at arts festival conclusion

Festival of arts concert finale''Pictured: Ella Shipley and Jessica Carnegie ANL-150323-095130009
Festival of arts concert finale''Pictured: Ella Shipley and Jessica Carnegie ANL-150323-095130009

The 2015 Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts came to a fantastic conclusion during a finale concert on Sunday.

The auditorium at Ormiston Sudbury Academy was full to see a concert showcasing some of the best performers from the dance, music, speech and drama sections.

Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, performed by Esmee Fox, was so moving that many of the audience were reduced to tears, while Ralph Mann’s performance of A Small Boy’s Trouble left many in fits of laughter.

The festival was closed with the presentation of the three main awards.

The Bernard Johnson Award to an outstanding performer aged 16 to 25 was presented to Mia Zandi-Amarloei.

The Suffolk Free Press Anniversary Cup, given to the most promising performer aged 15 or under, was presented to Charles Knowler.

The final award, the Holmes & Hills award for endeavour, was presented to Eleanor Scott.

Festival chairman Jan Osborne said: “The festival has been a resounding success, full of wonderful dancing, singing, music and drama.”

She added it was run by a group of dedicated volunteers and warned more members were needed for it to continue to thrive.

Anyone interested should contact Mrs Osborne on 01787 466096 or email moonriverjan@gmail.com.