Music Festival weekend hailed as ‘outstanding’

Mei Numazawa and Alison Sutton won the 'Any Age' duets in the two pianos class playing Rachmaninov's Andante
Mei Numazawa and Alison Sutton won the 'Any Age' duets in the two pianos class playing Rachmaninov's Andante

THE Worthing Music and Arts Festival has celebrated two weekends of musical talent from all ages in the piano and instrumental classes.

Performers were given constructive feedback by judges Liz Childs, Graeme Humphrey and Adam Barker.

Junior age groups performed in the piano section on February 6 and 7 which saw the Worthing Junior Pianist of the Year award presented to Matthew McDonald who played Melody by Khatchaturian and Jack in a Juke Box by Pam Wegdewood.

Festival secretary Jan Spooner­-Swabey said Matthew played ‘outstandingly’.

Intermediate and senior performers played on February 13 and 14 which saw the Worthing Young Pianist of the Year award presented to Sebastian Power.

The Senior Concerto class was held on Saturday and included performances from Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D Minor, Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto and Mozart’s 20th Piano Concerto in D Minor played by Maria Luc.

Mrs Spooner­-Swabey said: “The concertos were all outstanding.”

Maria Luc, who is studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, ended the evening with a performance in the Recital class.

Singing classes begin tomorrow at Field Place and speech and drama starts on Monday at Worthing Dome.

Performances from the festival can be seen in the Festival Highlights Concert on Saturday, March 7, at 7pm at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church.

Tickets are £5 and are available on the door or by calling 01903 238792.

Results for all piano and instrumental classes are as follows:

Friday 6th February:

Beginners Duet 12 & Under: Rachel Collins & Helen Emery

Beginners 8 & Under: Florence Rosser

Beginners 9 & 10 Yrs: Emma Greaney

Solo 7 & Under: Florence Rosser

Solo 8 & 9 Yrs: Hope Yelling

Solo 10 & 11 Yrs: Rohan Diwakar

Solo 12 & 13 Yrs: Vicky Tong

Saturday 7th February:

Baroque 11 & Under: Molly Cartmell

Classical 11 & Under: Molly Cartmell

Romantic, Impressionist, Contemporary: Lois Ledzkan

Popular arrangement 11 & under: Matthew MacDonald

Solo 14 & 15 Yrs: Julie Chick

Solo 16 & 17 Yrs: Shion Nakamura

Mini Recital 11 & under: Rohan Diwakar

Mini Recital 15 & under: Rosie Sutton

Mini Recital 16 & over: Ann Mansfield

Wind Solo 12 & under: Matthew MacDonald

Wind Ragtime Jazz 12 & under: Matthew MacDonald

Brass Ragtime Jazz 12 & under: Matthew MacDonald

Strings Novice Any Age: Molly Cartmell

Strings Solo 12 & under: Molly Cartmell

Brass Solo 12 & under: Matthew MacDonald

Play your own music 19 & under: George Shillingford

Wind Baroque Any Age: Mizuka Ono

Wind recital Any Age: Emma Pappenheim

Popular Arrangement 15 & under: Nathan Cassidy

Popular Arrangement 17 & over: Lisa Goodson

Versatility Class 12 & under: Molly Cartmell

Versatility Class 14 & under: Ben Tong

Worthing Junior Pianist of the Year: Matthew MacDonald

Friday 13th February

Baroque 13 & under: Sebastian Power

Classical 13 & under: Sebastian Power

Romantic, Impressionist, Contemporary 13 & under: Sebastian Power

Baroque 15 & under: George Shillingford

Classical 15 & under: George Shillingford

Romantic, Impressionist, Contemporary 15 & under: Max Tozer

Baroque 16 & over: Ellie Tosey

Classical 16 & over: Florence Chapman

Romantic 16 & over: Kazuyuki Asamoto

Impressionist 16 & over: Florence Chapman

Saturday 14th February

Family Duets 9 & under: Hope & Sarah Yelling

Duets 11 & under: Tabitha and Emily Keogh

Duets 14 & under: Vicky & Ben Tong

Duets Any Age: Rosie & Alison Sutton

Duets on two pianos Any Age: Mei Numazawa & Alison Sutton

Versatility 15-19 Years: Florence Chapman

Junior Concerto: Sebastian Power

Senior Concerto: Maria Luc

Worthing Young Pianist of the Year: Sebastian Power

Worthing Festival Pianist of the Year: Florence Chapman

Recital Class Any Age: Maria Luc