Chesterfield Competitive Festival of Music & Drama (Re-launched 2010)
The 2015 Festival
The 2015 Chesterfield Music Festival took place on April 24th and 25th at Rose Hill United Reformed Church and at Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel.
Around 100 singers and instrumentalists of all ages took part in the competitive festival, demonstrating their skills and talent to an appreciative audience and receiving constructive feedback from the professional adjudicators: Vivien Pike and Christina Thompson. Included for a fourth 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 five trophies were awarded.
Trophy for ‘Instrumentalist of the Festival’ was awarded to Emily Porter;
The trophy for ‘Vocalist of the Festival’ was awarded to Sophie Benfield;
The trophy for ‘Most Promising Young Singer’ was awarded to: Alicia Belanna Graham
The trophy for ‘Young Performer of the Festival’ was awarded to Timothy Hand;
The Trophy for ‘Choir of the Festival’ was awarded to: Curbar School Choir
Official Accompanists for 2015: Andrew Marples, Jane Palmer, and Katy Strudwick.
The 2015 Winners
These are the winners of each class in the 2015 Festival
Vocal Solo 10 years and under: Frederick Youdan
Vocal Solo 13 years and under: Tara O'Rourke
Vocal Solo 16 years and under: Sophie Benfield
Opera & Light Opera Vocal Solo 14-17 years: Lizzy Blades
Sacred Song Vocal Solo 17 years and under: Sophie Benfield
Vocal Solo Musicals 10 years and under: Alicia Belanna Graham
Vocal Solo Musicals 13 years and under: Adam Emmerson
Vocal Solo Musicals 16 years and under: Sophie Benfield
Vocal Solo Musicals 18 years and under: Philip David Jacques
Vocal Solo Musicals 19 years and over: Giselle Covel
Vocal Solo Popular Song (with backing track) 18 years and over: Giselle Covel
Vocal Solo 21 years and over: Giselle Covel
Vocal Duet 12 years and under: Eve Slater Codman & Francesca Rouse
Piano Solo 10 years and under: Olivia Asher
Piano Solo 13 years and under: Phoebe Denison
Piano Solo 16 years and under: Daniel Barnes
Piano Solo 18 years and under: Hugh McCarron
Woodwind Solo 12 years and under: Olivia Mosley
Woodwind Solo 13 – 15 years: Emily Porter
Brass Solo 12 years and under: Tom Hartley
Brass Solo 13 – 17 years: Louis Street
String Solo 12 years and under: Katherine Rebbecca Hedley
String Solo 13 – 17 years: Alexander Kirkland
Acoustic Guitar Solo 12 years and under: James Dinnigan
Acoustic Guitar Solo 13 – 17 years: Russell French
Instrumental Solo (with backing track) 14 years and under: Lucy Ogden
Two Discipline Solo 12 years and under: Katherine Rebbecca Hedley
Instrumental Duet both players 12 years and under: Grace Barber & Sophie Jerram
Instrumental Duet both players 17 years and under: Emily Spittle & Kirsty Porter
School Choir/Vocal Group 11 years and under (maximum of 20 singers): Curbar School Choir
School Choir/Vocal Group 11 years and under (maximum of 20 singers): St Andrew CE Methodist Aided
School Choir/Vocal Group 11-18 years (more than 20 singers): Hasland Hall Pop Choir
School Choir / Vocal Group Sacred Songs 11 years and under (more than 20 singers): St Andrew CE
Methodist Aided Primary School
School Instrumental Group 13 years and under (13 players or more): Walton Holymoorside Flute Group
Instrumental Group 13 years and under (up to 12 players): Derbyshire Harp Ensemble
Verse Speaking (17 years and over): Timothy Hand
Drama (17 years and over): Timothy Hand
The Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society hosted a fund raising concert** at the Whittington Moor Methodist Church on Saturday 27th June
The concert featured participants from this year’s festival and the choir perfomed a variety of old and new choral items.
Katy Strudwick a Festival Pianist accompanied the festival soloists.
The festival committee would like to thank Katy, the Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society and the
Whittington Moor Methodist Church for their support.
** Proceeds to be shared between the Festival and the Choir.