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Festival hits a musical high.

Byline: Audrey Forbes

Competitors in a Teesside music festival have earned high praise for their talents.

Middlesbrough Competitive Music Festival takes place over four days. It started last Friday and Saturday and continues this weekend.

Among the winners last week was Helen Bailey, who won the Nellie Brown Memorial Trophy for the highest mark in the vocal solo classes, except Folk Song and Victorian Ballet.

A spokeswoman for the festival said: "The adjudicators were most impressed by the very high standard of the performances achieved by competitors and the friendly atmosphere."

The competition continued today with the string classes in Cambridge Road Baptist Church and junior choral classes at Hall Garth School at 6.30pm.

Tomorrow the junior vocal classes take place in The Avenue Methodist Church at 9.30am and 2pm while the senior piano classes will be staged at Hall Garth School at 9.30am and 2pm.

The festival concert will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 7pm in the Hall Garth School hall. Tickets are priced at adults pounds 3 and children pounds 1 and are available on the door or by calling 01642 714224 or 590044.

Last week's winners included:

Solo descant recorder, nine years and under: Rachel Hodgson; Solo descant, ten years and under: Georgina Hunt; Solo descant, 11 years and under: Lucy Leonard; Solo any Recorder, 12-years and under: Lucy Leonard, Recorder duet, two descants, 11 years and under: Min Keun Kwon and Michael Quarmby; Recorder duet, descant treble, 11 years and under: Lucy Leonard and Jessica McDermott; Solo treble, 11 years and under: Jessica McDermott; Recorder ensemble junior, 11 years and under: St Gerard's Recorder Group; Group Music Making 11 years and under; St Gerard's Music Group; The winner of the KO Williams Trophy for the competitor with the highest mark in solo recorder classes 11 years and under is Georgina Hunt. Woodwind solo, 12 years and under: Sarah Smith; Woodwind solo, 14 years and under: Kathryn Stephens; Woodwind solo, 16 years and under: Daniella Waddoop; Woodwind solo Open: Danielle Waddoop; Recorder solo open, any recorder Laura Bury; Brass solo, 14 years and under: David Merrick Miller; Brass solo, 16 years and under: Joseph Poole, also the winner of the Ted Boynton Memorial Trophy for the highest mark in the solo brass classes. Winner of the Derek Henderson Memorial Trophy for the highest mark in the woodwind classes was Daniella Waddoop; The Musical Stand awarded to the most promising competitor in the Woodwind classes was Claire Warwick.

Piano solo, eight years and under: Sarah Gardner; Piano solo, nine years and under: Lucy Smith; Piano solo, ten years and under: Thomas Boynton; Piano duet, ten years and under: Sarah Gardner and Vidya Shyam Sundar; Piano solo, 11 years and under: Jake Walsh; Piano solo, 12 years and under: Jae Jin Hec; Piano duet, 12 years and under: Sarah Gardner and Vidya Shyam Sundar; Piano solo, 13 years and under: Azusa Tanner; Piano duet, 14 years and under: Rachel and Ruth Threadgale; Piano solo, 14 years and under: Sam Whitworth; The winner of the Aslin Trophy for the competitor with the highest mark in the 12 and under solo classes is Yae Jinn Lee.

Gilbert & Sullivan: Julie Hall; Victoria or Edwardian ballad: Alistair Bolton; Lieder: Helen Bailey; Operatic aria: Helen Bailey; British composer: Susan Pierce; Vocal duet: Amy Marwood and Peter Sykes; Oratorio: Julie Hall; Folk song: John Westwood; Light opera/Musical comedy: Alistair Bolton and Helen Bailey.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2004
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