Entries sought for Eskdale Festival

Performers at last year's Eskdale Festival. Picture: Ceri Oakes.
Performers at last year's Eskdale Festival. Picture: Ceri Oakes.

Those who can sing, play a musical instrument, recite a poem and act are invited to get involved in the 2018 Eskdale Festival of the Arts.

This year new classes have been added to the syllabus to attract an even wider variety of performers.

The Festival dates are as follows: Saturday March 3 – Band Competition.

Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March – Speech, Drama and Dance Competition.

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 th March – Secondary Music Competition.

Sunday March 11 – Free Jazz Lunch.

Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 March – Primary Music Competition.

Saturday March 17– Boyes Gala Concert.

Saturday April 7 – National Choir Day.

Syllabi setting out the enormous number of competitive and non-competitive classes are now in local schools and with teachers in the area. Further copies can be collected from Whitby Pavilion, The Tourist Information Office and Whitby Library.

This year new classes have been added to the syllabus to attract an even wider variety of performers. There are new improvised dance classes for young people in secondary schools and there are classes in solo verse speaking, choral speaking and bible reading for senior citizens. Several festivals around the country have found that opening up the competition to senior citizens has proved popular, so if you can still remember a poem you recited at school over 60 years ago why not enter?

Festival Chairman, Dave Bradley, is also pleased to announce that the music competition for young people will be held in one venue each day to reduce the pressure on performers and parents when young people have been needed in two places at nearly the same time.

He said: “It’s going to cost us more money because we will have to hire the Spa and Pavilion for more days and we need to pay adjudicators for more time but our priority is to make the Festival a positive and happy experience for everyone.

“We have applied to a number of organisations for additional funding and we are always very grateful to local businesses and groups who kindly donate every year," he added.