Choirs in harmony at Milton Keynes Music Festival

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Young choirs from around showed they’ve got what it takes as they wowed the crowds at the Milton Keynes Music Festival.

More than 30 schools descended on Ridgeway School to perform in front of a huge audience at the 45th annual festival.

The Key Stage 1 winners were from Thornton College – performers dazzled with energetic renditions of two songs (‘Butterfly Medley’ and ‘Spring’).

The Key Stage 2 prize was awarded to the pupils who make up New Bradwell School Choir - they not only sang but also played accompanying instruments.

Other notable performers include the Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir who took the prize in the choral class, alongside St Paul’s School, and students from Walton High School who demonstrated their talents with show-stopping renditions of two numbers from their recent production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

In the evening, the trio Caribbean Culture People won the trophy for Open Choirs, with the Barbershop Quartet Broadside and Welwyn Harmony Chorus also taking home trophies.

Organiser Patricia Haig said: “Adjudicator Ben Costello praised all the entrants for the high quality of their performances over his three days in Milton Keynes and thanked all the volunteers for organising such a worthwhile event which offers amateurs of all ages the opportunity to not only perform but to receive professional feedback to help them improve.”

A gala concert to celebrate the festival’s 45th anniversary in Milton Keynes will be held on April 28 at The Venue, Walton High, and will feature performers from the dance, drama and music festival.

For more information, visit www.miltonkeynesfestival.org