There was plenty of excitement at this year’s Music Festival, beginning on
Monday with pianists of all ages and abilities, and ending on Saturday evening
with some entertaining and accomplished performances from the adult choirs.
During the week we welcomed choirs and instrumental groups from schools and
independently-run organisations. There were also numerous solos and duets on
strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, with growing interest in the guitar
section, and a very encouraging number of beginners of all ages and in all
disciplines. Adult groups in both vocal and instrumental sections provided
entertaining evenings for the audience.
2018 saw the inclusion of the Elena Cobb Star Prize for Piano for the second
This is sponsored by the composer herself, and awards a certificate, medal and
£50 to the winner of each class. One of our winners went on to play in the
‘Winners’ Concert’ at the Albert Hall.
We are now busy planning the Syllabus for 2019 and are pleased to be
welcoming back Gillian Oswell as our Instrumental Adjudicator. Our Vocal
Adjudicator for 2019 is Andrea Calladine, who is very knowledgeable about
Musical Theatre so we look forward to receiving your vocal entries in this