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Holmfirth - the area

Events in Holmfirth

British & International Federation of Festivals

Holmfirth Musical Festival is a competition for instrumentalists and singers, small vocal and instrumental ensembles and choirs. 

The 72nd Annual Competition


was held Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 October 2017

Holmfirth Civic Hall

Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS
(almost opposite the Fire Station.  Parking in Crown Bottom Car Park - down School St, or Crown St. off Huddersfield Rd. opposite the Civic Hall)

Adjudicator: Marilynne Davies




Included the seventeenth competition for the Rotary Club of Holmfirth Millennium Trophy (which is open to musicians aged 14 to 25 who have a local connection, or who have been previous competitors at Holmfirth, and who aim to use the 250 prize to further their musical studies.  A high standard of performance is expected, and each competitor offers a 15-minute programme. The winner in 2017 was Hannah Bird (left), whose recital included two pieces for viola, and two for piano.



Competitors in the under 11 Piano Solo Class


Do visit the Festival in Holmfirth next year -  Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th October 2018, and support our young (and not-so-young) talent.   We offer the competitors the opportunity to perform on stage in front of an audience - you can be part of that, either competitor or audience - and to be heard by a professional adjudicator who gives each competitor a written report on their performance.  Competitors value these reports - they often bear out what their teachers have said, or raise other points that competitors can work on.   It is always good to win a trophy, but the main emphasis is on performance. 

RESULTS 2017
Solo Instruments excluding pianoforte & guitar(under 13) -   First: Nicole Stella Jessop;   Second: Edith Berryman;   Third: Eleanor Bird
Solo Instruments excluding pianoforte & guitar(under 15) -   First: Edith Berryman
Solo Instruments excluding pianoforte & guitar(under 19) -   First: Lucy O'Donoghue;   Second: Edith Berryman
Pianoforte Solo(under 9) -   First: Eleanor Wood;   Second: William James
Pianoforte Solo(under 11) -   First: Harry Wood;   Second: Emily Winter;   Third: Leah Kelly,  Owen Silcock
Pianoforte Solo(under 13) -   First: Samuel Fitzsimons;   Second: Samantha Betts,  Poppy Mitchell,  Louis Kidger;   Third: Esme Marper,  Harry Wood,  Noah Ryan
Pianoforte Solo(under 15) -   First: Nicole Stella Jessop;   Second: Matthew Baynham;   Third: Alexandra Hill
Pianoforte Solo(under 17) -   First: Isobel Netherwood;   Second: David Silcock,  Johan Kidger;   Third: Poppy Mitchell
Pianoforte Duet(under 11) -   First: Ruby Swift and Emily Winter
Pianoforte Duet(under 13) -   First: Samantha Betts and Daisy Ryan;   Second: Madeleine Wood and Charlotte Reddiough;   Third: Louis Kidger and Poppy Mitchell,  Connie Phythian and Poppy Mitchell
Pianoforte Duet(under 16) -   First: David Silcock and Johan Kidger;   Second: Samantha Betts and Daisy Ryan;   Third: Poppy Mitchell and Marisha Bewley
Pianoforte Duet(Open) -   First: David Silcock and Johan Kidger
Solo Singing for Boys(under 12) -   First: Samuel Fitzsimons
Solo Singing for Boys(unbroken voice) -   First: Samuel Fitzsimons
Solo Singing for Girls(under 12) -   First: Madeleine North;   Second: Emma Nelson
Solo Singing for Girls(under 15) -   First: Madeleine North;   Second: Emma Nelson;   Third: Iris Davies Johnson
Junior Songs from the Shows(under 14) -   First: Anna Aben;   Second: James Fitzsimons,  Madeleine North;   Third: Ruby McLellan,  Emma Nelson
Soprano Solo(Open) -   First: Polly Sedman;   Second: Catie Sambrook
Contralto Solo(Open) -   First: Patricia Waller;   Second: Sarah Briggs,  Rebecca Parr
Tenor Solo(Open) -   First: Richard Buxton
Baritone Solo(Open) -   First: Geoffrey Firth;   Second: Colin Shires
Operatic solo, all voices(Open) -   First: Richard Buxton;   Second: Lorna Boole
Oratorio Solo, all voices(Open) -   First: Polly Sedman;   Second: Rebecca Parr
Light Operatic Solo, all voices(Open) -   First: Richard Buxton;   Second: Claire Helm
Songs from Twentieth Century Shows(Open) -   First: Rebecca Parr;   Second: Richard Buxton
Folk Song, unaccompanied or self-accompanied(open) -   First: Polly Sedman;   Second: Lesley Warren
Schumann / Schubert(Open) -   First: Polly Sedman;   Second: Catie Sambrook,  Richard Buxton
Small Vocal Ensembles, 2 to 5 voices, costume opti(Open) -   First: Offspring,  Catie & Megan Sambrook
Children's Choir Class(Children's choirs) -   First: Huddersfield Choral Society Young Voices;   Second: Huddersfield Girls' Choir;   Third: Huddersfield Boys' Choir
Family Class (vocal and / or instrumental)(Family) -   First: Sambrook Family
Instrumental Ensemble, 2 to 20 players(under 19) -   First: Musica Holme Valley Senior Guitars
Junior Songs from the Shows(under 18) -   First: Lucy Wilby
Rotary Millennium Trophy(14 to 25) -   First: Hannah Bird
Instrumental Ensemble, 2 or more players(Open) -   First: Friends of Beaumont Park Ukuleles






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