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Music festival proves a hit at Burnley school
3:10pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
Electronic Keyboard class winner Harvey Whybrow-Parker, 13, from Clayton-le-Moors, with adjudicator Deborah Brittain
HUNDREDS of performers descended on a Burnley school at the weekend to compete for honours in music and song.
More than 30 categories were fought out at the Burnley Festival in Thomas Whitham Sixth Form’s Barden Lane campus.
Adjudicators including the former assistant orchestral manager of the London Mozart Players, Deborah Brittain, and musical director Kenneth Roberts, judged keenly-contested solo and group instrumental categories.
The festival is organised by a team of more than 40 volunteers.
A similar number of speech categories were held at the same venue on March 2.
The winners included, in the choirs section, Salesbury Primary School and Nelson Civic Ladies Choir.
Conor Whitham scooped first place in the electronic keyboard trophy while Ben Drake, Ashwin Stanley, Harvey Whybrow-Parker, were also among the winners.
Junior Vocal Trophy winner was Georgina-Anne Parker, with other vocal winners including Samantha Oxborough, Elspeth and Christina Wallace, Brian Spanswick, Laura Wood, Natasha Agarwal, Nick Cooper, Kenn Green, Jack Bowtell and Lionel Kempster.
Paul James Hitchcock took home the Junior Piano Trophy with Ronan Pilkington, Bethany Moat, Lance Angelo Domingo, William Kay, Paul James Hitchcock, William Brown, William Fort, James McDermott and Vanessa Damien are also celebrating success.