Festival Flourishes at Gala Concert
The annual Gala Concert of the Eskdale Festival went ahead last Saturday and featured a variety of items from a long programme of classes in the previous two weeks. Verse speaking, contemporary dance, piano solos, duets, ensembles, vocal solos and monologues formed the backbone to a concert which demonstrated the festival’s ability to survive, change and transform itself in the face of difficulties. “I think that this was one of our most successful years,” said outgoing chairman Dave Bradley. “Our performers and adjudicators have been so positive that it has been a joy to be at the Spa this year. More importantly the standards of performance from all age groups have been very high. Whitby is in the vanguard of the festival movement and visiting adjudicators have confirmed this to me several times.”
Dave thanked performers, sponsors, committee members and stewards at the concert and with help from Barbara Benson-Smith, M.B.E. and Rotary President Steve Maltby presented bursaries and trophies.
The Rotary Club of Whitby and District
Young Vocalist: Henry Pastor
Young Pianist: Isabelle Lyth
Young Instrumentalist: Emma Welford
Bursaries and Awards from the Eskdale Festival of the Arts
Commitment to the Festival: Charlie Flintoft
Musical Excellence: Tomi Daynes- Hall
Frances Quantrill Memorial Trophy: Edward Brown
Vicki Bradley Award for Creative Writing: Skye Telling & Jonathan Atkinson
Barbara Benson-Smith MBE Award for Dance: MESH Ballet
Albert Hicks Trophy for Young Musician of the Year: Hyunbee Jung
Hyunbee was also given £200 for her musical studies from the Young Musicians’ Trust.
Festival Vice-Chairperson, Ros Barningham and Barry Foster made a presentation to Dave Bradley for his six years of service to the festival.