YOUNG musicians were back on stage in the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival – hours after the event was halted by a security alert.
Parents and young singers filled the Concert Hall at the Town Hall for yesterday’s classes.
It was the day of the choirs and organisers were delighted that some 200 people turned up to listen to the performances from the juniors’ and young people’s choirs.
Chairman Michael Hampshire said: “We have put Thursday behind us and carried on as normal. We have had a very good audience of about 200, many of whom have stayed on to listen to other choirs.
“There has been a lovely atmosphere in the Concert Hall.”
One class introduced for the first time this year was the novice choir. Due to the half term holiday, only Huddersfield Boys’ Choir took part, but they gave a very good and enthusiastic rendition of Chariots Coming and In the Jungle, despite the distractions.
“When I’m on stage I am thinking about not looking at my mum,” said Robbie Barr, 10, of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse. “She keeps waving at me and it puts me off a lot.”
Huddersfield Boys Choir was formed about two years ago and is based at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School.
Choral Director Keith Roberts said: “We try and choose songs the boys like singing and those who come to the choir have a great time.
“They are very, very chuffed to have won a big trophy and they will all be having their photos taken with it later on.”
Other schools to win junior choir classes were Lindley and QEGS juniors, of Wakefield.
String Solo - School Year 12 and under: 1 William Robertson, Holmfirth, 2 Thomas Broadbent, Linthwaite, joint 3 Rebecca Stubbs, Marsden, and Abigail Askew, Lindley
Two Instruments - School Year 13 and under: 1 Freya Smith, Meltham, 2 Kethaki Prathivadi, Halifax
String Solo - Open: 1 Abigail Askew, Lindley, 2 William Robertson, Holmfirth
Woodwind or Recorder Solo - School Year 12 and under: 1 Alex Hilton, Kirkby Lonsdale, 2 Freya Smith, Meltham, 3 Samantha Kay, Cumberworth
Brass Solo - Open: 1 Kris Garfitt, Sheffield, 2 Sam Barber, Lindley
Woodwind or Recorder Solo - Open: 1 Freya Smith, Meltham, 2 Alex Hilton, Carnforth, 3 Ashley Garfitt, Sheffield
Woodwind or Recorder Solo - School Year 6 and under: 1 Imogen Davey, Marsden, 2 Isabelle Haley-Porteous, Holmfirth, 3 Mollie Davidson, Clayton West
Woodwind or Recorder Solo - School Year 8 and Under: 1 Lydia Wyatt, Rastrick, 2 Imogen Davey, Marsden, 3 Emma Robery, Honley
Woodwind or Recorder Solo - School Year 10 and Under: 1 Lydia Wyatt, Rastrick, 2 Freya Smith, Meltham, 3 Samantha Kay, Upper Cumberworth
Solo Instrumentalists’ Challenge: Freya Smith, Meltham, on oboe
Brass Solo - School Year 6 and under: 1 James Howard, Stalybridge, 2 Christie Smith, Marsden
Brass Solo - School Year 8 and under: 1 Sophie Stones, Lindley, 2 James Howard, Stalybridge, joint 3 Robert Featherstone, Clifton, and Samuel Teale, Honley
Brass Solo - School Year 10 and under: 1 Sam Barber, Lindley, 2 Charlotte Hirst, Outlane
Junior School Choir - Hymns or Sacred Songs - Year 6 and Under: 1 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Junior School Choir, 2 Lindley Junior School Choir, 3 Wakefield Girls’ High School - Junior School Under 11 Choir
Junior School Choir - Year 6 and Under: 1 Lindley Junior School, 2 Wakefield Girls’ High School - Junior School Under 11 Choir, 3 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Junior School Choir
Choir Novice Class School Years 8 and under: 1 Huddersfield Boys Choir
Young People’s Choir - Year 8 and under: 1 Lindley Junior School Choir, 2 Rastrick High School Junior Choir, 3 Huddersfield Boys Choir.