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Pontefract all set for music festival

Norman Dale fears Pontefract music festival will have to be axed if the committee does not have more entries and sponsors.

Norman Dale fears Pontefract music festival will have to be axed if the committee does not have more entries and sponsors.

Hundreds of youngsters are preparing to showcase their talents at Pontefract’s annual music festival, which gets under way next week.

Organisers feared the festival, first held in 1903, would not take place this year owing to lack of support.

But after a grant from Wakefield Council’s community chest and an influx in entries, the week-long event will go ahead from Friday March 28 to Saturday April 5.

Norman Dale, festival committee chairman, said: “It was very important the festival was saved.

“It’s a big part of Pontefract’s heritage and thousands of people have taken part over the years.”

More than 300 musicians will take part in a wide range of classes, from choirs, solo singing and instrumental performances to verse and prose readings.

Music classes will be held at King’s School and Central Methodist Church during the week.

Mr Dale said: “The festival gives youngsters the chance to compete against others and display their talents.

“It is always extremely popular and a great showcase of the talent there is across the area.”

It will finish with a concert featuring all the class winners at Central Methodist Church on Saturday April 5, starting at 7pm.

Mr Dale added: “The festival really is a fantastic experience, especially for younger children.

“It gives them a quite unique opportunity to perform in front of judges and get a professional adjudication on their work.”

For more information on the festival, this year’s syllabus and times of classes, visit www.pontfest.co.uk

The winner’s of the event’s poster competition will be announced at a presentation at King’s High School on Friday, March 28.

 

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