More than 150 singers and instrumentalists of all ages took part in this year’s Chesterfield Music Festival.
Entrants demonstrated their skills and talent to an appreciative audience and received constructive feedback from professional adjudicators Vivien Pike, Coral Gould and Robin Mundy.
Included for the first time this year were drama and verse-speaking classes, adjudicated by local actor and president of the festival, John Goodrum.
An all winners concert was held at the end of the festival, where four trophies were awarded. The trophy for ‘Instrumentalist of the Festival’ was awarded to Giedre Skieryte; the trophy for ‘Vocalist of the Festival’ (donated by Chesterfield Gilbert& Sullivan Society) was awarded to Katie Lockwood; the trophy of ‘Choir of the Festival’ (donated by Chesterfield Co-operative Choir) was awarded to Grassmoor Primary School Upper Choir and a new trophy for this year of ‘Young Performer of the Festival’ was awarded to Charlotte Hand.
Held at Rose Hill United Reformed Church and at Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel, the competitive festival is organised by a hard-working team of volunteers and is affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals.
Various fund-raising events are held to help with the costs of the festival – the next one is a concert by Chesterfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society on Saturday, May 26, at Rose Hill Church. The festival now has its own website: chesterfieldmusicfestival.org.uk.
Vocal Solo - 9 years and under: Declan Ryder, 11 years and under: Aaron Callaghan, 13 years and under: Chloe Toyn, 15 years and under: Annabel Oherne, 13-16 years: Edward Jowle; 17-21 years: Katie Lockwood, over 21 years: Susan Ann Martin.
Opera and light opera vocal solo, 18 years and over: Katie Lockwood.
Musical/Walt Disney vocal solo: 10 years and under: Declan Ryder, 12 years and under: Alice Howland, 14 years and under: Chloe Toyn, 16 years and under: Georgina Reith, 17 years and over: Katie Lockwood.
Sacred song vocal solo, all ages: Jason Allan.
Popular song vocal solo: 12-14 years: Lily Bovill, 15-17 years: Jazz Bovill, 18 years and over: Giselle Covel.
Vocal solo self-accompanied open: Katie Lockwood.
Piano solo - 7 years and under: Jasmine Barry, 8-9 years: Amber Barry, 10-11 years: Phoebe Dennison, 12-13 years: Daniel Barnes, 14-16 years: Ashley Purrington, 17 years and over: Eleanor Linacre.
Woodwind solo - 12 years and under: Indira Khine-Short, 13-15 years: Giedre Skieryte, 16-18 years: Rebecca Howe.
Brass solo, 13 – 17 years: Timothy Hand; strings solo, 12 years and under: Charlotte Hand; acoustic guitar solo, 12 years and under: Phoebe Dennison.
Two discipline solo, 12 years & under: Charlotte Hand, 13-18 years: Rachel Walpole.
Vocal duet 12-17 years: Jasmine Bovill and Rebecca Booker.
Piano duet, both players 17 years and under: Daniel and Adam Stott, 18 years and over: Judy Day and Sue Rughani.
Instrumental duet - mixed ages: Hannah Menzies and Indira Khine-Short, 18 years and under: Megan Johnson and Rachel Salter.
Instrumental group - 13 years and under: Music ‘n’ Stuff Junior Ensemble, 13 years and over: Music ‘n’ Stuff Senior Ensemble.
Junior choir/vocal group - 11 years and under (over 30 members): Walton Holymoorside Primary School, 11 years and under (up to 30 members): Grassmoor Primary School upper school choir.
Intermediate choir/vocal group 11-18 years: Brookfield Girls Choir.
Verse speaking 10-13 years: Gemma Strange.
Drama 14-16 years: Jazz Bovill.