Talent on show at Esk Festival

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AN arts festival celebrating the very best of Whitby and district’s talent kicks off next week.

Eskdale Festival of the Arts is the only such festival of its kind in the whole of the borough and continues to thrive supported by local businesses and several grant-awarding bodies.

Pupils from 15 primary schools in the district, four secondary schools, at least six different tutors and three local adult choirs will take part this year and their performances in a host of musical and dramatic fields will be assessed by professional adjudicators.

Les Scott, secretary of Eskdale Festival of the Arts told the Whitby Gazette: “Once again we have a huge variety of performances ranging from Samba band to guitar ensemble, folk orchestras and brass bands, songs from the shows to sacred music, bible reading to comic verse.

“Once again the festival will be a tribute to the many hours of hard work, practice and sheer effort of every performer and to the patience and skill of their teachers.

“And once again so many volunteers have given time to help the events run smoothly.

“Above all, we aim for the festival to be a fun event.

“It has been so far, and we’ve every intention of enjoying ourselves in 2011.

“This is a unique Whitby event and we welcome family friends, relatives, visitors and all Whitby folk to spend time with us.”

Two days of Spoken Word classes begin on Wednesday while four full days of music start on Monday 7 March.

The festival concludes with two concerts – the Boyes Stores Gala Concert starting at 6.30pm on Saturday 12 March and the Winners Lunchtime Concert on Sunday 13 March.

And Sunday 6 March is the Lunchtime Jazz.

Lunch from 12.30pm on both Sundays is followed by the music about an hour later.

Programmes are on sale priced £2 at Whitby Tourist Information in Langborne Road or you can email: eskfest1@waitrose.com

Admission to each weekday session is £1.50 both lunchtime sessions are free and the gala concert is £5.

Season tickets covering the whole festival cost £15.