Planning for the Eskdale Festival of the Arts 2016 is well under way and it chairman, Dave Bradley, is delighted with the support local people have offered.
Whitby and District Rotary Club has offered three £50 prizes for competitors of primary school age in the solo vocal, instrumental and piano classes.
Three further awards are presented to secondary age students by the festival committee for best performance, commitment to the festival and the now well-established Musician of the Year Award.
More than £1,000 has been raised through sponsorship from 12 local companies and organisations and a further eight businesses have provided raffle prizes.
Musicport continues to support the festival and a number of initiatives are being considered in partnership with the Whitby Music Centre.
Even more local people have offered to act as stewards at the festival in March and Mr Bradley described the support by the local community as “overwhelming”.
This year, the festival committee have arranged for a professional storyteller, Fran O’Boyle, to run some workshops at Eskdale School on Tuesday March 1.
The morning sessions will cater for students in the 11-14 age range and students in years 5 and 6 have been invited from local primary schools for the afternoon sessions.
These workshops will herald the festival’s spoken word competitionwhich begins on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March.
Primary schools are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
Competitors are reminded that all entries for the festival have to be with the secretary by Wednesday (Jan 20) complete with final titles and entry fees – late entries will not be accepted.
The festival includes a Jazz Lunch on Sunday March 6, a band competition on Saturday March 12 and the Boyes Gala Concert on the same evening where the six awards described above will be presented.