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Youth Music Festival: Hundreds take part in Oswestry event

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | Music | Published:

Making sweet music in Oswestry this weekend have been hundreds of talented young people taking part in the annual Youth Music Festival.

Groups and individuals from across Shropshire and beyond braved the wintry weather to take part in the 41st year of the competition.

Chairman, Councillor Paul Milner, praised those who had decided to travel to the town despite the bad weather.

"The event has gone really well with competitors braving to snow to take part."

"We had a record number of 450 separate entries this year and a number of new categories."

He said one of the highlights of the festival had been the musical theatre competition.

"I believe this new competition is going to grow and grow. We had four extremely talented ensembled singing songs from the show, from favourites such as Oliver and Guys and Dolls. I think this will grow into one our most popular events."

He said the variety of classes, from percussion to classical music was one of the attractions of the festival, allowing all musicians and singers to take part.

"Talking to adjudicators they have been very impressed with the standard."

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"The festival is getting better and better every year and it is wonderful to see both public and private schools taking part, from all over Shropshire and into Wales."

Councillor Milner paid tribute to festival director, Sue Turner and to all the committee members and volunteers involved.

"Without their help the festival simply would not happen."

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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