Festival reaches its conclusion

Eskdale Festival - The Spoken Word - 2nd March''TV commercial - Goathland School Susie's Super Smoothing Spray''w110914a    Picture: Ceri Oakes

Eskdale Festival - The Spoken Word - 2nd March''TV commercial - Goathland School Susie's Super Smoothing Spray''w110914a Picture: Ceri Oakes

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TALENT galore will be on show tomorrow when the cream of this year’s Eskdale Festival of the Arts take to the stage.

The annual competition began a week ago last Wednesday and was open to youngsters and adults who have taken part in six days of performances, ranging from Bible reading and choral speaking to drama, singing and music recitals.

Festival secretary Les Scott told the Gazette: ‘We’ve attracted larger audiences than ever this year and they were treated to some excellent performances.

“The undoubted highlight of the first week was last Thursday morning’s Choral Speaking class, in which all three schools –Airy Hill, Ruswarp and Fyling Hall gave the best performances I have seen in my 14 years as secretary.

“Choral Speaking is the hardest discipline in spoken word – the whole ‘choir’ has to perform as a team, without a conductor, and this requires great concentration and much rehearsal.

“You don’t just have to learn the words and recite them, but to give a dramatic performance, and if just one person comes in at the wrong time, or makes a wrong movement, it shows.”

The competition continued this week from Monday until yesterday and culminates in the Boyes Stores gala concert tomorrow at Whitby Pavilion.

The concert starts at 6.30pm and costs £5 a ticket with accompanied children admitted free.

People will also get the chance to see the winners from this year’s festival perform in a winners’ concert on Sunday, again at Whitby Pavilion from 2pm.

l MORE photos of the Eskdale Festival in Tuesday’s Gazette