Resort set for 65th Junior Arts Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 May 2012


SOME of the region’s finest young talents will take place in Weston’s annual Junior Arts Festival of Music, Speech and Drama this month.

The event, which is now in its 65th year, will be held at the Winter Gardens from Monday to May 30 and will feature many of the South West’s most talented young vocalists and musicians.

This year the event has welcomed Weston-born composer Nigel Hess as its patron, and it is the first time that it has been organised and financed as an independent organisation.

The schedule will kick off at the Winter Gardens with piano classes on Monday and Tuesday, and will be followed by recorder classes on Wednesday, which will be held at the United Reformed Church in Waterloo Street.

The events will revert back to the Winter Gardens for the vocal classes on May 24 and 25, string classes on May 28 and 29 and woodwind classes on May 30.

Mr Hess, who competed in the festival in the 1960s and is now a well-known composer, said: “I am delighted to be a patron of the Weston Junior Arts Festival and have fond memories of my involvement in the festival way back in the 1960s as an enthusiastic (if nervous) competitor on the piano.

“I have been lucky enough to enjoy a subsequent career in music as a composer and conductor, but it was the challenge and motivation of events such as the junior arts festival which helped to lay the foundations for a life in music which, by its very nature, is rewarding but competitive.

“Please attend as many of the events as you can - you may be seeing the stars of the future.”

The Vineyard Bar and the Prom Cafe will be open for drinks and refreshments until 4.30pm each day, with hot meals available at lunch times.

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