White Rose wins in choir contest

Pendle Childrens Choir with conductor Julie Townson and festival adjudicator John Powell (s)
Pendle Childrens Choir with conductor Julie Townson and festival adjudicator John Powell (s)

A musical War of the Roses ended in a 3-0 victory for Yorkshire singers at Colne’s annual Luther Greenwood memorial festival.

Five adult choirs from Lancashire and Yorkshire, fielding a total of about 150 singers, competed for the silverware at The Muni in Colne on the eve of Lancashire Day.

Young soloists with their trophies and medals from the Luther Greenwood Festival (s)

Young soloists with their trophies and medals from the Luther Greenwood Festival (s)

Penistone Ladies’ Choir, from South Yorkshire, competing at Colne for the first time, beat Nelson Civic Ladies’ Choir into second place in the ladies’ choir class, with Carleton Ladies’ Choir third.

In the “Cup Choral” for all comers, Penistone again beat Nelson into sharing second place with North Yorkshire’s Cononley Singers.

In the mixed-voice choirs’ class, The Cononley Singers beat Blackburn People’s Choir into second place by just one point.

“We enjoyed a wonderful day’s singing and plenty of friendly competition,” said Hilda Harrison, the festival’s music committee chairman.

“It’s been a few years since we had so many choirs at the festival, and people were saying was just like the golden days of Colne Festival again.”

In the young choirs’ section, both Pendle Children’s Choir and Pendle Youth Choir were unopposed winners in their classes.

Young pianists and singers up to the age of 18 competed in the junior solo classes, and the highest marks of the day were awarded to pianists Ben Cowling, Bethany Zajac and Lance Domingo, and singers Sally Clement, Emily Calleja, Amber Letch and Joe Renshaw.

Leading choir conductor John Powell, who teaches at York University, was the adjudicator.

The festival continues with adult solo vocal classes at St John’s Church in Albert Road, Colne, tomorrow from 9am, and the annual three-day dance festival is held on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

RESULTS

Piano classes:

Solo up to 10 years old: 1, Felix Kenyon; 2, Marissa Driver; 3, Aicez (correct) Domingo. Up to 12: 1 Thomas Zajac; 2, Matilda Kenyon. Up to 14: 1, Danyana Driver; 2, Scarlett Hale; 3, Lance Domingo. Up to 16: 1, Bethany Zajac; 2 (jnt) Lance Domingo, Ben Cowling. Up to 18: 1, Ben Cowling; 2, Lance Domingo. Recital class: 1, Lance Domingo. Duet: 1, Scarlett Hale and Danyana Driver.

Vocal classes:

Junior solo up to 10 years old: 1, Olivia Ogden; 2, Aamina Anwar; 3 (jnt), Amber Letch, Sophie Howarth. Up to 12: 1, Amber Letch; 2, Matilda Kenyon; 3 (jnt), Olivia Ogden, Sally Berry Brown. Up to 14: 1, Joe Renshaw; 2, Kate Overend; 3, Adam Liversidge. Up to 16: 1 Niamh Maroney; 2, Tara Overend; 3, Sally Clement. Up to 18: 1, Selina Pickles; 2, Emily Calleja; 3, Tara Overend.

Songs from shows/films: Up to 14: 1 Joe Renshaw; 2, Aamina Anwar; 3, Olivia Ogden. Up to 18: 1, Emily Calleja; 2, Niamh Maroney; 3, Tara Overend.

British composer: Up to 14: 1, Amber Letch; 2, Joe Renshaw; 3, Kate Overend. Up to 18: 1, Sally Clement; 2, Emily Calleja; 3, Selina Pickles.

Folk song: Up to 14: 1, Joe Renshaw; 2 (jnt), Kate Overend, Olivia Ogden. Up to 18: 1, Sally Clement; 2, Emily Calleja; 3, Tara Overend.

Choir classes:

Junior choirs up to 11: 1, Pendle Children’s choir, conductor Julie Townson. Up to 16: 1, Pendle Youth Choir, conductor David Wilkinson. Up to 18: 1, Pendle Youth Choir. Recital class: Pendle Youth Choir.

Ladies choirs: 1 Penistone Ladies Choir, conductor Jane Hobson; 2, Nelson Civic Choir, conductor John Garrett; 3 Carleton Ladies Choir, conductor Damian Oxborough.

Mixed voice choirs: 1, The Cononley Singers, conductor Tony Hamilton; 2, Blackburn People’s Choir, conductor Daniel Adams.

Cup Choral: 1, Penistone Ladies’ Choir; 2 (jnt) Nelson Civic Ladies’ Choir, The Cononley Singers.