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Weymouth Music Festival attracts 300 entrants
AROUND 300 musicians displayed their talents at a long-running festival in Weymouth.
Wey Valley School and Sports College hosted the 26th annual Weymouth Music Festival with organisers hailing the event as a success.
Children and adults performed in front of a panel of adjudicators with Dr Howard Evans judging the pianists, Sharon Coates looking at woodwind, large groups and strings and John Pugsley assessing the vocal talent.
Chairman of the festival committee Ed Hintze said: “The standard of entrants this year was remarkable. We had young aspiring musicians to adults who had rediscovered their ability to play music recently.
“The most important aim of the festival is to give people a platform on which to showcase their talents and this was certainly in evidence.
“The support from teachers was overwhelming.
“They give up so much time to help their students, but it makes it all worthwhile when we see and hear the results of their hard work.
“There is so much talent coming through our schools at the moment, it makes me very proud to be part of an event that encourages and inspires all those who take part and support.
“I must also thank the committee for giving up all their time and expertise, and for helping make the day as successful as it was.”
The performances took place in the main school hall and the drama hall and Mr Hintze said he was pleased with the turnout, which included a large contingent from the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership (DASP), as well as a number of people coming along to watch the musicians.
He added: “It’s non-competitive and the adjudicators really enjoyed the day.
“In terms of attendees were pushing nearly 300 people taking part across the day and a good amount of people came along and supported the people who performed.”
A concert featuring highlights of the concert will be held at Wey Valley’s main hall from 7pm on Friday.
Tickets cost £3 for adults and are free for students and are available on the door.
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