opens 63rd annual Highbridge Festival Of The Arts
63rd annual Festival of the Arts got underway in Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday (March 3rd).
Town Mayor Derick Cooper officially opened the popular festival,
which shines the spotlight on talented youngsters from the ages
of three upwards at The Princess Theatre.
festival is affiliated to the British and International Federation
of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech, and first originated
in Highbridge in 1948 but has been held for many years at the
Princess in Burnham-On-Sea.
is this year being featured from March 3rd-7th, with 71 classes
covering ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, cabaret and Greek.
start with the youngest entrants aged 4 and rise to the age 21
with one adult class. These sessions are always well supported
and spectators are encouraged," festival spokesperson Wendy
Deahl told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
festival's dance adjudicator will be Nathan James, who is world
renowned for his tap expertise but also has experience of theatre,
having performed in 'Spirit of the Dance', 'Hello Dolly' and '42nd
Street' amongst other productions.
and Drama takes place on March 8th and 9th. Poetry, Prose and
Choral Speech will be performed on stage before Eleanor McCleod,
a professional actress for more than 20 years.
and instrumental music take over for the final part of the festival
from 10th-13th March. Vocal contributions from soloists, duettists
and choirs will take place on the first two days and on the Friday
pianists will take to the stage.
Saturday, recorders, strings, brass, orchestras and Concert Bands
shall take over. The adjudicator for this section is David Bruce-Payne,
Assistant Organist at Westminster Abbey and an examiner for the
Royal Schools of Music.
Highbridge Festival features all that is best in the Arts and
seeks to encourage the young to participate and seek excellence.
The public is invited to attend with daily sessions starting at
9.30am and approximately 2pm. On some days there is also an evening
session. Refreshments will be available.