Festival to celebrate performing arts

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The 45th annual Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts for Dance, Music and Drama got off to a dramatic start last weekend as performers took to the stage at Walton High School for the Drama rounds.

Milton Keynes’ own Poet Laureate, Mark Niel, dropped in and thrilled the first class of the day – a group of youngsters aged 7 and under, their parents and friends – with a spooky poem.

On Sunday, the Mayor, Cllr Catriona Morris watched the older entrants perform dramatic scenes in pairs, before awarding medals to the winning performers.

The Drama Festival included over 200 performances from children and adults who all received constructive feedback and a certificate from professional adjudicator David Biddle, with medals for the winners.

Classes included poetry reading, prose reading, solo and group acting and Shakespeare from performers of all ages.

Run by local volunteers, the Festival is the largest amateur performing arts festival the city hosts.

It continues this weekend at Walton High with a two day music festival which will include piano, singing, instrumental and orchestral classes.

A choirs and barbershop festival will round off the performing arts celebrations on Friday 8 March at the Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton.