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Winners galore at the Mansfield Music and Drama Festival

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HE Mansfield Music and Drama Festival again attracted talented performers of all ages — with prizes presented at the annual Winners’ Concert.

The festival took place over six days with classes in every discipline of music, speech and drama ahead of the concert at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield. The afternoon of entertainment featured the best of the winners as well as the winners of the John Ogdon Awards. Music composer and arranger Michael Neaum presented the festival prizes and the new Mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop, presented the John Ogdon Awards. Chairman Paul Bacon said: “This year’s festival was an outstanding success with very high standards in both drama and music. “We had more than 30 separate choirs and I am grateful to the local schools for the support they give. “I was very pleased that Michael Neaum, an internationally-known music composer and arranger, agreed to present the prizes, and, of course, we were honoured to have our new mayor, Kate Allsop to present the John Ogdon Awards. “We are extremely appreciative, as always, to all our team of volunteers, patrons and sponsors, and, in particular, the generosity of the Mansfield Building Society. “Together they all contribute to the continuing success of this annual festival.” The drama part of the festival was judged at St Mark’s Church Hall and the Create Theatre in Mansfield over four days of presentations, from 25th to 28th March. Adjudicator Susan Mackay described her

HEIDI BensonLoydall won the David Kingsley Jones Memorial Trophy for girls.

THE Singers won a new trophy for best youth or adult choir awarded in memory of Dorothy Evans.

role as a combination of bringing new ideas and approaches to text and performance as well as encouragement to every participant. She said she wanted everyone to leave the festival with a sense of achievement. Judging in the music competition took place at the Crescent Centre and the Palace Theatre from 25th to 27th April. Adjudicator Marilynne Davies remarked on the age range of the participants, the choirs and the standard of teaching. p MANSFIELD Music and Drama Festival was launched in 1924 and this year was its 91st anniversary — a milestone it would

WINNERS of the piano duet for 18 years and under Chloe Taplin and James Cooke.

THE Leamington Cup for most promising junior performer was awarded to Gauri Khanna.

not have been able to achieve without the support of its sponsors and patrons. The festival is organised, run and stewarded every year by a small group of volunteers and, as a charity, it is wholly dependent upon the sponsors and patrons for funding the running costs. The festival is looking for REBECCA further sponsors, patrons Temple. and volunteers as it heads towards its centenary. Anyone interested in helping should email festivalpatrons@gmail.com

CATHERINE Stocks and Connie Soar won the piano duet for 10 years and under.


All the winners and

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USIC classes in the festival were held at the Crescent Centre and Palace Theatre in Mansfield over three days.

Adjudicator Marilynne Davies commented on the “wonderful number” of choirs she heard sing on choirs’ day at the Palace Theatre, remarking on the age range — from young singers in KS1 school choirs through to people singing for pleasure in the community, and mixed voice choirs. She also complimented the standard of teaching, saying she heard excellent performances during the three days of music classes. Isaac Savage (17), winner of the John Ogdon Scholarship Award (senior instrumentalist), said: “It is with great honour that I can say I competed in the award as part of the festival, and it is with tremendous pride that I served as a pianist in John Ogdon’s name.” Trophy winners were: Pamela Cook Trophy for best school choir — St Peter’s C of E School; Sybil Hart Trophy for most promising performer 12 or under — Calum Gould; Mansfield Music Club Bursary (£50) for most promising performer — James Cooke; Margaret Williams Memorial Cup for solo pianist under 16 — Philippa Walker; Alfred Steele Trophy for best vocal performance — Rebecca Temple; Golden Jubilee Trophy for best performance by an individual — Jessica Brownley; Mansfield Town Council Trophy for best group — Brunts Academy Concert Band; Best youth or adult choir in memory of Dorothy Evans (a new trophy) — The Singers. John Ogdon Awards: Senior instrumentalist — Isaac Savage; Junior instrumentalist — Molly Jackson; Senior vocalist — Olivia Caputa; Junior vocalist — Lydia Louise Messam. Music classes awards: Saturday 25th April, Crescent Centre, Mansfield P5 Piano Solo – Exam Prep or Grade 1 Standard — Winner, Lucy Armstrong, 83. P3 Piano Solo – Formal Prep or Grade 1 Standard — Winner, Calum Gould 85; Jacob Thomas, 82. P4 Piano Solo – Informal Prep or Grade 1 Standard — Winner, Calum Gould, 86; Olivia Harding, 85; Niamh Tewson 85; William Harwood 84, Isabel Dellar 83. P1 Party Pieces – Any Instrument 8 years and under (non-competitive) — Keira Fidler, Jacob Thomas, Charlotte McDonald, Bernice Awe, Archana Sivanantham, Zoe Marples, Sam Allfree. P2 Festival Debut - 9 years and over (non-competitive) — Deborah Awe, Aisha Khan, Andrew McDonald, Connie Soar, Emma King, Shaun Heslin. P23 Piano Duet - 10 years and under — Winners, Catherine Stocks & Connie Soar, 85; Emma King & Isabel Dellar, 84; Jessica Owen & Archana Sivanantham, 84; Calum Gould & Niamh Tewson, 83. P24 Piano Duet - 12 years and under — Winners, Yasmine Owen & Sathana Sivanantham, 86; Magnus Hawker-French & Benjamin Harrison, 85; Eleanor & Olivia Harding 84. P27 Piano Duet - 18 years and under — Winners, James Cooke & Chloe Taplin. P28 Piano Duet - 21 years and under — Winners, Katie & Rebecca Temple E10 Parent/grandparent & child (non-competitive) — James & David Cooke, Big Mack – Wedgwood. P6 Piano Solo - Formal, Grade 2 or 3 Standard — Winner, Catherine Stocks, 85; Holly Harwood, 84; Isabelle Wilkinson, 84. P7 Piano Solo - Informal, Grade 2 or 3 Standard — Winner, Jakub Ulik, 86; Catherine Stocks, 85; Holly Harwood, 84; Eleanor Harding, 83; Jessica Owen 83. P8 Piano Solo - Exam Prep, Grade 2 or 3 Standard — Winner, Bernice Awe 84. M3 Woodwind, Brass or String Solo, Grade 4 or 5 Standard — Winner, Jessica Brownley (flute), 86; Sarah Louise Spooner (flute), 85; Yasmine Owen (cello), 84. M2 Woodwind, Brass or String Solo, Grade 2 or 3 Standard — Winner, Jessica Owen (violin), 83. M6 Recorder Solo, KS1 or KS2 — Winner, Deborah Awe, 83. M4 Woodwind, Brass or String Solo, Grade 6 or 7 Standard — winner, Imogen Clemmow (Flute), 86; Sarah Louise Spooner (Flute), 85. P18 Piano Solo - Formal, Grade 8 Standard — Winner, Rebecca Temple, 84.

LEFT: Isaac Savage won the John Ogdon Award for senior instrumentalist. ABOVE: Molly Jackson, winner of the John Ogdon Award for junior instrumentalist. P17 Piano Solo – Formal, Grade 7 Standard — Winner, Chloe Taplin, 85; James Cooke, 84. P9 Piano Solo – Formal, Grade 4 or 5 Standard — Winner, Philippa Walker, 86; Yasmine Owen, 85; Sarah Louise Spooner, 84; Sathana Sivanantham, 84; Jessica Brownley, 83. P10 Piano Solo – Informal, Grade 4 or 5 Standard — Philippa Walker, 85; Charlotte Johnson, 83. P11 Piano Solo – Exam Prep, Grade 4 or 5 Standard — Winner, Philippa Walker, 86; Deborah Awe, 85; Anna Allfree, 85. Sunday 26th April, Crescent Centre, Mansfield John Ogdon Scholarship Senior Awards — Winners, Isaac Savage (piano) & Olivia Caputa (voice); Emma Rae Ward (voice); Charlotte Collier (voice). John Ogdon Scholarship Junior Awards — Winners, Molly Jackson (piano) & Lydia Louise Messam (voice); Louise Somerset (voice); Deanna Ward (voice); Samantha Hedley (voice); Scarlett Clemmow (voice). V1 Solo Singing 10 years and under — Winners, Amour Sumagaysay & Holly Harwood, 86; Imogen-Leigh Martin, 84; Laila Wheldon, 82. V17 Gaining Experience (non-competitive) — Philippa Walker. E10 Parent/grandparent & child (non-competitive) — Olivia Harding & Wendy Ince; Eleanor Harding & Wendy Ince. V2 Solo Singing 12 years and under — Winner, Lucy Gabb, 86; Tallulah Hoines-White, 85; Philippa Walker 84. V3 Solo Singing 14 years and under — Winner, Imogen Clemmow, 84. V4 Solo Singing 16 years and under — Winner, Kelsey Alfred, 85; Scarlett Clemmow, 84. V13 Songs From The Shows 14 years and under — Winner, Imogen Leigh Martin, 86; Imogen Clemmow, 85; Tallulah Hoines-White, 85; Carys Windibank, 84; Joshua Preston, 84; Amour Sumagaysay, 83; Laila Wheldon, 83. V8 Folk Song unaccompanied — Winner, Scarlett Clemmow, 87; Amour Sumagaysay, 85; Imogen Leigh-Martin, 84; Philippa Walker, 84; Nathan Hicks, 83. V6 Solo Singing 21 years and under — Winner, Rebecca Temple, 84. V7 Solo Singing Open — Winner, Rebecca Temple, 85. V9 Operatic Solo Open — Winner, Rebecca Temple, 84. V18 Vocal Duet16 years and under — Winner, Imogen Clemmow & Tallulah Hoines-White, 83; Scarlet Clemmow & Scarlett Coughlan, 82. V14 Songs From The Shows 15 years and over — Winner, Scarlett Clemmow 84. Monday, 27th April, Palace Theatre, Mansfield V23 School Choir Hymn Singing, KS1 — Winner, St Peter’s C of E KS1 Choir, conductor Mrs Katie Thrower, 86; Kirkby Woodhouse Infants’ Choir, conductor Ruth Harman, 85. V21 School Choir Unison, KS1 — Winner, Kirkby Woodhouse Infants’ Choir, conductor Ruth Harman, 170; St Peter’s C of E KS1 Choir, conductor Mrs Katie Thrower, 169. E6 Recorder Ensemble/Band — Winner, Arnold Mill Primary After-School Recorder Club, 86. V28 School Choir Folk Songs, KS2 — Winner, St Peter’s C of E KS2 Choir, conductor Rebecca Sharples, 174; Eastlands Junior School, conductor Mrs R. Davies, 171; Wynndale Primary School,

OLIVIA Caputa, winner of the John Ogdon Award for senior vocalist. conductor Verity Mason, 169; Arnold Mill KS2 Choir, conductor C. Loizias, 169. V27 School Choir Hymn Singing, KS2 — Winner, St Peter’s C of E Choir years 4 & 5, conductor R. Sharples, 87; Kirkby Woodhouse Junior Choir, conductor, Ruth Harman, 86; Arnold Mill KS2 Choir, conductor C. Loizias, 85; St. Peter’s C of E Choir years 3 & 4, conductor R. Sharples, 84; Wynndale Primary School, conductor Verity Mason, 84; Eastlands Junior School, conductor Mrs R. Davies, 84. E3 Orchestral Instrument Ensemble — Winner, St Peter’s C of E School Orchestra, conductor Kim Denman, 85. V29 School Choir – Own Choice — Winner, St Peter’s C of E KS2 Choir, conductor Rebecca Sharples, 173; Abbey Gates Primary School, conductor Samantha Taylor, 172; King Edward Choir, conductor H. J. Gabb & L. Wilbourne, 170; Arnold Mill Primary School, conductor C. Loizias, 169; Kirkby Woodhouse Junior Choir, conductor Ruth Harman, 169. V25 School Choir – Unison — Winner, Kirkby Woodhouse Junior Choir, conductor Ruth Harman, 171; Abbey Gates Primary School, conductor Samantha Taylor, 170; St Peter’s C of E Boys’ Choir, conductor Katie Stead, 168; Eastlands Junior School, conductor Mrs R. Davies, 168. V26 School Choir (unconducted) — Winners, St Peter’s C of E KS2 Choir & King Eward Choir, 86; Arnold Mill Primary School, 85; Kirkby Woodhouse Junior Choir, 84. V41 Vocal Ensemble – Maximum 12 Voices — Winner, The Singers, conductor Meryl Chambers, 170. Youth Choir – Folk Songs — Winner, The Singers, conductor Meryl Chambers, 170. V40 Youth Vocal Ensemble — Winner, Vox Humana, conductors Gavin Brown & David Cooke, 170. V37 Youth Choir – Two-part — Winner, The Singers, conductor Meryl Chambers, 170. V38 Youth Choir – Three-part — Winner, The Singers, conductor Meryl Chambers, 169. E4 Orchestral Instrument Ensemble — Winner, Brunts Academy Concert Band, conductor G. Brown & D. Cooke, 86. V42 Ladies’ Choirs — Winner, Bellissima Ladies’ Choir, conductor Suzy Fell, 171; Kirkby Woodhouse Ladies’ Choir, conductor Ruth Harman, 169. V44 Mixed Voice Choirs — Winner, Ravenshead Community Choir, conductor Rebekah Gayfer, 169; Kirkby Woodhouse Community Choir, conductor R. Harman, 168. V46 Barber Shop Group — Winner, Derby A Cappella, conductor Martin Thorne, 169.


results from festival

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RAMA festival adjudicator Susan Mackay gave the young performers advice and inspiration, to help them develop skills and confidence in public presentation.

The festival opened at St Mark’s Church Hall on Wednesday, 25th March with an evening of duologue classes, with entrants ranging from under 10 to university age. There were wonderful costumes and scenes from a variety of texts — from Roald Dahl to traditional fairytales and modern dramas, such as those by Willy Russell. Classes on the Thursday ranged from verse speaking through to Shakespeare. The day started with poetry from children aged 8 years and under, and the classes went through to young adults. St Peter’s and Wynndale primary schools entered the choral verse classes with performances full of energy and enthusiasm. Verse speaking classes continued into the Friday along with prose reading. There was further poetry on the Saturday at the Create Theatre. This was followed by character studies classes, where entrants performed a solo piece of acting of their choice. The day finished with classes for original solo mime and group improvisation. The entrants for the group improvisation class were performing together for the last time before going to university, and put in an energetic and fun performance. A particularly popular class was group reading, which allowed young entrants of all ages to perform together to present an extract from a favourite book, using costumes and props. Five groups entered and readings included extracts from the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series. There were also classes to help entrants develop skills in public speaking, including the Talk class that asked students to give a presentation on a chosen subject. Trophy winners: Donald Reynolds Memorial Trophy for best character study — Millie Hastings. Chatsworth Trophies for best senior duologue — Tameem Reza & Oliver Featherstone. Junior Duologue Cups — Harry Jones & Daniel Tucker. Michael Leeson Trophy for best individual Shakespeare — Olivia Jones. Tom Martin Cup for boys — Daniel Tucker. St Peter’s Trophy for best choral verse — Wynndale Primary School. Leamington Cup for most promising junior performer — Gauri Khanna. Phoenix Players Bursary for most promising performance — Sean Smith. David Kingsley Jones Memorial Trophy for girls — Heidi Benson-Loydall. Drama classes awards:

D31A Duologues 10 years and under — Winners, Andrew & Alex Barish, 85; Sienna Sivan & Minul Noor 84; Lily Goud & Ria Johnson, 83. D31B Duologues 10 years and under — Winners, Harley-Jay Martin & Amelia Little, 84; Isabella Pitt & Samuel Lloyd, 83; Emily Thrower & Lydia Price-Killick, 82. D32 Duologues 12 years and under — Winners, Harry Jones & Daniel Tucker, 87; Andrew & Sean Smith, 86; Jennifer Rowton & Lily Goude, 85. D33 Duologues 14 years and under — Winners, Shaariika Munshi & Komal Rathi, 87; Olivia Jones & Heidi Benson-Loydall, 86; Liz Johnson & Anyaa Ananth, 85. D34 Duologues 16 years and under — Winners, Tameem Reza & Oliver Featherstone, 88; Libby Dove & Millie Hastings, 87; Taha Khan & Rowan Thomas, 86. D35 Duologues Open — Winners, Max Hastings & Ashhad Noor, 89; Talor Kearney & Samara Crawford, 88; Ruchi Desai & Anya Sivan, 86. D5 Verse Speaking Girls 8 years and under — Winner, Ria Johnson, 87; Minul Noor, 85; Isobel Thrower, 84. D1 Verse Speaking Girls 6 years and under — Winner, Poppy Lathall, 85; Scarlett Sharples, 84. D2 Verse Speaking Boys 6 years and under — Winner, Haydn Dalby, 85; William Swindlehurst, 84; William Wilkinson, 83. D4 Verse Speaking Boys 7 years and under — Winner, Louis Roe, 86; Daniel Benjamin, 85; Jacob Johnstone, 84. D3 Verse Speaking Girls 7 years and under — Winner, Grace Buckland, 86; Lauren Gascoyne, 85; Emily Anderson, 84. D9A Verse Speaking Girls 10 years and under — Winner, Katie Parker, 87; Olivia Mould, Lydia Price-Killick, 86; Tilly Bevan, 85. D7A Verse Speaking Girls 9 years and under

BOOKS Are Best won the group reading section.

THE Last Time, who won the group improvisation category.

THE Monday Team were runners-up in the group reading category.

THE Storytellers were third in the group reading category.

THE Trio took part in the group reading category.

THE Boys took part in the group reading category.

— Winner, Leah Martin, 86; Freya Welsby, 85; Georgia Wilson, 84. D73 Writing an Original Poem 11 years and under — Winner, Megan Wedgwood, 86; Joshua Rushby, 85; Charlotte Cox, Sadie Gorman, 84. D22: Choral Verse Speaking 8 years and under — Winner, St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, 85. D23 Choral Verse Speaking 8 years and under — Winner, Wynndale Primary School, 86; St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, 85. D11A: Verse Speaking Girls 11 years and under — Winner — Jennifer Rowton, 86; Amelia Cooper, 85; Julka Chilczuk, 83. D12 Verse Speaking Boys 11 years and under — Winner, Harry Jones, 86; Samuel Lloyd, 85. D11B Verse Speaking Girls 11 years and under — Winner, Tilly-Mae Dyer, 85; Emily Thrower, 84; Aimee Ashton, 83. D25 Sonnet Speaking Open — Winner, Olivia Jones, 86; Libby Dove, 84. D17 Verse Speaking 16-18 years — Winner, Elliot Fairburn, 87. D21 Verse Speaking Humorous, Open — Winner, Rowan Thomas, 84. D46 Prepared Bible Reading 15 years and under — Winner, Heidi Benson-Loydall, 84. D47 Prepared Bible Reading Open — Winner, Elliot Fairburn, 86. D26 Solo Shakespeare 14 years and under — Winner, Olivia Jones, 88; Heidi Benson-Loydall, 86. D27 Shakespeare 18 years and under — Winner, Max Hastings, 87; Hannah Winterton, 85. D41 Prepared Prose Reading 18 years and under — Winner, Max Hastings, 88; Elliot Fairburn, 87; Talor Kearney, 86. D6 Verse Speaking Boys 8 years and under — Winner, Daniel Dean, 85; Alex Barish, 84; Finlay Allsop, 82. D7B Verse Speaking Girls 9 years and under — Winner, Gauri Khanna, 88; Bethany Smith, 86; Isabella Pitts, Daisy Cheetham, 85. D8 Verse Speaking Boys 9 years and under — Oliver Hopkins, 86; Harley-Jay Martin, 85; William Hilton, 84. D38A Prepared Prose Reading 10 years and under — Winner, Amy Birks, 86; Taeja Gethfield, 85; Liam Green, 84. D10 Verse Speaking Boys 19 years and under — Winner, Daniel Tucker, 87; Sean Smith, 85; Alexander Polimas, 84. D38B Prepared Prose Reading 10 years and

under — Winner, Daniel Tucker, 88; Sean Smith, 86; Millie Harrison, 85. D37 Prepared Prose Reading 8 years and under — Winner, Lewis Robinson, 86; Grace Toule, 85; Kiera Fiddler, 84. D9B Verse Speaking Girls 10 years and under — Winner, Olivia Harding, 85; Sophie Hague, 84; Alysha Barker, 84. D39 Prepared Prose Reading – 12 years and under — Winner, Andrew Smith, 87; Harry Jones, 86; Adam Pring, 85. D13 Verse Speaking Girls 12 years and under — Winner, Anyaa Ananth, 86. D14 Verse Speaking Boys 12 years and under — Winner, Andrew Smith, 86; Adam Pring, 85. D15 Verse Speaking 13 years and under — Winner, Olivia Jones, 87. D16 Verse Speaking 14-15 years — Winner, Millie Hastings, 89; Libby Dove, Heidi BensonLoydall, 86. D40 Prepared Prose Reading 15 years and under — Winner, Shaarika Munshi, 87; Olivia Jones, 86; Heidi Benson-Loydall, 84. D18 Verse Speaking 12 years and under — Winner, Aditya Munshi, 85; Philippa Walker, 84. D61 Character Study 10 years and under — Winner, Daniel Tucker, 86; Gauri Khanna, 85. D62 Character Study 12 years and under — Winner, Anyaa Ananth, 86. D63 Character Study 14 years and under — Winner, Millie Hastings, 90; Olivia Jones, 88; Heidi Benson-Loydall, 85. D64 Character Study 16 years and under — Winner, Libby Dove, 86. D85 Gaining Experience Poem or Character Study — Winner, Liz Johnson, 84. D86 Gaining Experience Reading — Winner, Aditya Munshi, 85; Komal Rathi, 84. D48 Bible Passage From Memory — Winner, Tilly-Mae Dyer, 85; Daniel Tucker, 84. D82 Talk — Winner, George Dove, 87; Oliver Feathersone, 86; Jill Lupupa, 85. D19A Verse Speaking 14 years and under — Winner, Hollie Dodd, 85. D19B Verse Speaking 16 years and under — Winner, Elizabeth Owen, 86; Taha Khan, 85. D20 Verse Speaking Open — Winner, Ashhad Noor, 87. D67 Original Solo Mime 14 years and under — Winner, Andrew Smith, 85; Adam Pring, 84. Group Improvisation Open — Winners, The Last Time, 87. C2 Group Reading — Winners, Books Are Best, 87; The Monday Team, 86; The Storytellers, 85.


Festival’s winning faces THE Pamela Cook Trophy for best school choir went to St Peter’s C of E School.

HARRY Jones and Daniel Tucker won the Junior Duologue Cups.

RIA Johnson.

BROTHERS Andrew and Sean Smith.

WINNERS of the piano duet for 12 years and under Yasmine Owen and Sathana Sivanantham.

CALUM Gould won the trophy for most promising performer 12 or under.

OLIVER Featherstone won the Chatsworth Trophies for best senior duologue.

JAKUB Ulik won the piano solo informal, grade 2/3 class.

JESSICA Brownley won the Golden Jubilee Trophy for best performance by an individual.

OLIVIA Jones won the Michael Leeson Trophy for best individual Shakespeare.

LUCY Gabb won the solo singing for 12 years and under.

IMOGEN LeeMartin won Songs from JENNIFER the Shows . Rowton.

TILLY-MAE Dyer.

PHILIPPA Walker won the Margaret Williams Memorial Cup for solo pianist under 16.

MILLIE Hastings, winner of the Donald Reynolds Memorial Trophy for best character study.

INDIVIDUAL winners from St Peter’s C of E School included: Back, Olivia Harding, Poppy Lathall and Katie Parker. Front, Daniel Dean, Louis Roe and Grace Buckland.

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