A TOP class pianist has praised a class of Mrs Sunderland competitors as the best he’s ever played for.
Of the string solo open class yesterday, Ian Buckle, who plays with the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, said: “I was moved by some extremely thrilling playing. It’s the single highest standard class I’ve ever played for.”
Mr Buckle, a freelance pianist who has performed on BBC TV and radio, was accompanying the class at the festival at Huddersfield Town Hall yesterday.
The class was won by Katrina Lee, of Birchencliffe, but chairman of the Mrs Sunderland committee Michael Hampshire added all five contestants were outstanding and could have won the section.
Yesterday was a day of solos with contests in piano, brass, woodwind, classical guitar and strings.
Winning the woodwind solo (school year six and under) for the second year running was Olivia Sykes, 11, from Kirkheaton.
Olivia, who attends Kirkheaton Primary School, has been playing flute for four years and is already grade six.
She played ‘Berceuse’ by John McLeod to impress the judges.
Olivia said: “It’s quite a difficult piece to play. I’ve been practising it since before Christmas. I’m really pleased to have won today.
“I really enjoy playing and I’m not nervous when I play. I’m always relaxed. I’ll be back next year.”
Olivia’s mother Margaret, 41, added: “I really pleased for Olivia today. All the children played beautifully and it takes a lot of coverage to play there.”
Not content with playing one instrument per class, yesterday also featured a two instrument class with performances by Freya Smith, of Holmfirth, and Hannah Wharton, of Brockholes.
Mrs Sunderland Music Festival results:
Class 10: Piano Recital, 12 to 14 years - 1 Alistair Backhouse, 2 James Field
Class 14: French piano music - 1 Daniel Chappell, 2 Freya Smith, 3 Geoff Jackson
Class 19: String solo, school year 6 & under - 1 Dominic Bridge, 2 Elizabeth Philokyprou, 3 Francesca Tinsdeall
Class 20: String solo, school year 8 & under - 1 Francesca Tinsdeall, 2 Edward Deakins, 3 Gopic Menon
Class 21: String solo, school year 10 & under - 1 Hannah Chappell, 2 Thomas Broadbent, 3 James Philokyprou
Class 22: String solo, school year 12 & under - 1 Abigail Askew, 2 William Robertson, 3 Becky Else
Class 23: String solo open - 1 Katrina Lee, 2 William Robertson, 3 Becky Else
Class 24: Classical guitar solo school year 8 & under - 1 Christian Pollar, 2 Rebecca Khywaja, 3 Emily Sweeney
Class 25: Classical guitar solo school year 12 & under - 1 James Moffatt, 2 Elizabeth Kepcxyk
Class 33: Brass solo school year 6 and under - 1 James Howard, 2 Samuel Teale, 3 Joshua Sidding
Class 34: Brass solo school year 8 and under - 1 Sophie Stones, 2 Kieron Adamson, 3 Lydia Turner/Jack Bentley
Class 35: Brass solo school year 10 and under - 1 Sam Barber, 2 Jordan Baptiste, 3 Rebecca Addy