Festival music-makers on stage

Oliver Crayford gives a solo violin performance.
Oliver Crayford gives a solo violin performance.

YOUNG musicians from all over Sudbury concentrated on giving their best every performance when they took part in the music section of the Sudbury Festival last week.

Now in its 89th year, The Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts offers around 400 classes in music, speech and drama. It was founded as Clare Festival in 1922, and is a competitive event open to all ages, from five to over 80.

The dance section took place in February, and the music section took place last week, attracting scores of students from all over the region who entered in various classes at the Town Hall and Delphi Club.

Classes included string solos, brass solos, piano solos, boys and girls singing solos vocals, song from shows or films, school choirs, as well as school orchestras.

Festival press officer Janet Penfold said: “The music adjudicator Gary Sieling was very positive about the entries this year and gave enthusiastic help to the children in a friendly way. The festival is about giving people the chance to perform, as part of a group or on their own, in front of a sympathetic audience to receive friendly assessment from a professional.”

The next and final stage of the festival is the speech and drama section which takes place at The Delphi Club on Friday March 11 to Monday March 14.

The event culminates with the Festival Concert at Sudbury Upper School, in Tudor Road, on Sunday March 27 at 3pm which includes items from the music, speech and trama, and dance sections. The winners of the Bernard Johnson Award for Excellence and the Suffolk Free Press Anniversary Cup will also be announced.